Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Capital Records

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

1981 Capital Records SN-16225 Stereo

Side One:
1. Avalon
2. More
3. Deep Purple
4. Rosetta
5. 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

Side Two:
1. You Can Depned on Me
2. Yesterdays
3. That Old Feeling
4. What'll I Do
5. SomedaySweetheart

Liner Notes:

Arranged and Produced by Frank Flynn Recording Engineer and Co-Producer: Phil A. Yeend
Recorded at Conway Recorders, Hollywood, CA

Pete Fountain - Clarinet
Frank Flynn - Amplified Marimba
Jack Sperling - Drums
Bob Bain - Guitar
Ray Leatherwood - Bass

One of the most famous of all New Orleans jazz clarinetists, Pete Fountain has the ability to play songs that he has performed a countless number of times (such as "When You're Smiling") with so much enthusiasm that one would swear he had just discovered them. His style and most of his repertoire have remained unchanged since the late '50s, yet he never sounds bored. In 1948, Fountain (who is heavily influenced by Benny Goodman and Irving Fazola) was a member of the Junior Dixieland Band and this was followed by a stint with Phil Zito and an important association with the Basin Street Six (1950-1954), with whom the clarinetist made his first recordings. In 1955, Fountain was a member of the Dukes of Dixieland, but his big breakthrough came when he was featured playing a featured Dixieland number or two on each episode of The Lawrence Welk Show during 1957-1959. After he left, he moved back to New Orleans, opened his own club.

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