Sunday, June 10, 2007

Al Hirt with Pete Fountain - Metro Records

Al Hirt with Pete Fountain

1965 Metro (MGM) Records MS-517 Stereo / M-517 Mono

Pete is great on this LP, a must for your collection. Pete on the saxaphone is incredible. Some of Pete's best jazz work on this album. One of my favorite albums! - David Mekalian

Side One
1. South Rampart Street Parade
2. Panama
3. I'm Goin' Home
4. Jazz Me Blues
5. The Original Dixieland One Step

Side Two
1. Sugar (That Sugar Baby 0' Mine)
2. Tin Roof Blues
3. Washington And Lee Swing
4. Blue (And Broken-Hearted)
5. Wolverine Blues

Liner Notes:

A. & R. Coordinator: Irv Stiller
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin

Al Hirt Trumpet
Pete Fountain Clarinet
Bob Havens Trombone
Roy Zimmerman Piano
Bob Coquille Bass
Paul Edwards Drums

Al Hirt is undoubtedly the biggest trumpet man in the country - not only in physical make-up but in sound and technical prowess as well. The bearded behemoth of Bourbon Street struts his huge sounding horn on this fine Dixieland album for everyone to hear.

The album is filled with first-class Dixie standards - prime chestnuts that send the blood pressure soaring and start the feet prancing.

For openers there's the hard-hitting Ray Baduc-Bob Haggart classic South Rampart Street Parade which was featured by the high-stepping Bob Crosby band of more than two decades ago. In quick succession come other vintage swingers like Panama, Jazz Me Blues, Washing-ton And Lee Swing and Wolverine Blues. For lower-gear change of pace, Hirt plays choice items like Blue (And Broken-Hearted) and Sugar.

Added starter on this set is Pete Fountain - a hit-maker in his own right - who plays clarinet throughout the album and turns in a rare, but nonetheless spectacular, tenor sax solo on Washington And Lee Swing. The other first-class musicians on the album are: Bob Havens, trombone; Roy Zimmerman, piano; Bob Coquille, bass and Paul Edwards, drums.

All the flash and fire that make Al Hirt the Big Man on trumpet come roaring out of New Orleans in a session that vibrates with pace, excitement and solid swing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Being from "Cajun" country and growing up with a father who managed Toby's Oak Grove in Lafayette,La., I got to listen to Pete and Jumbo a lot. I believe they played at Toby's Oak Grove in late 40's,; early 50's. I started playing trumpet in third grade and still play some at a young age of 71.