Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Pete Fountain That's A Plenty - Sears Records

That's A Plenty

1967 Sears Records SPS-477 Stereo / SP-477 Mono

Side One
1. That's A Plenty
2. High Society
3. Margie
4. South Rampart Street Parade

Side Two
1. Jazz Me Blues
2. Up A Lazy River
3. I'm Going Home
4. Farewell Blues

Liner Notes:

Featuring: Pete Fountain, George Girard, Joe Rotis, Roy Zimmerman, Bunny Franks, Charlie Duke

DIXIELAND FROM NEW ORLEANS, THE CAPITOL CITY OF JAZZ! Naturally! That's where it began back at a time when today's old men were kids in short pants. That's where it first flowed out over the country just before World War I. And that's where most of the best Dixieland is still coming from.

This record combines the Dixieland of that earlier time with that of the present by its blend of personnel. Heading the front line is the phenomenal Pete Fountain, protege of that unique-styled New Orleans genius Irving Fazola. Pete also doubles on tenor sax that is competently grounded on the style of that New Orleans paragon, Eddie Miller. Fountain's technique and assurance and his personal musical ideas pay homage to sound tradition while adding a great deal that is new and his own.

Joining Pete on the front line is the late trumpeter and vocalist, George Girard. With faultless musician-ship, Girard's driving style reminds old timers of Paul Mares' commanding horn, while his flow of fresh ideas stamps his playing with an up-to-date trademark.

Completing the horn section is trombonist Joe Rotis with plenty of that timeless parade style known as tailgate.

In back of all this is a rhythm section from the place where rhythm was born! Bunny Frank's bass is pungent punctuation personified; Roy Zimmerman's piano is that good old, timeless, irreplaceable ragtime; and Charlie Duke's drumming is full of good-humor, punch and real honest-to-goodness zest.

It's no wonder that Dixieland, after its resurgence in the 1950's, has continued to hold a place in the hearts of the people. To a weary world, looking for meaning, we present music with melody and honest, unashamed feeling.

If you've got it, flaunt it!

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