Saturday, August 4, 2007

New Orleans Sound - BCI / Eclipse Records

New Orleans Sound

2003 BCI / Eclipse Records 40321-2

Disc: 1 Pete Fountain
1. St. James Infirmary
2. Margie
3. Going Home
4. Jazz Me Blues
5. South Rampart Street Parade
6. That's A-Plenty
7. World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
8. Lazy River
9. Bugle Call Rag
10. Farewell Blues
11. High Society
12. When the Saints Go Marching In

Disc: 2 Al Hirt
1. I Can't Get Started
2. Medley: Stardust/The Man With the Horn
3. Ciribiribin
4. Tuxedo Junction
5. Gonna Fly Now
6. Tenderly
7. Java
8. Toy Trumpet
9. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom Wine
10. And the Angels Sing
11. Feels So Good
12. Boy Meets Horn
13. Rhapsody in Blue

Liner Notes:

This is actually a re-package of two CDs in a slip case:
- The Very Best of Pete Fountain
- Al Hirt Memories

Pete Fountain is the essence of New Orleans... picture yourself in his fabulous bar, sipping on your Mardi Gras cocktail, listening to the ultimate performance by "Pete" an his clarinet. Just sitback now and enjoy this mix of new and traditional bayou and jazz music from deep in the southern Mississippi Delta.

Alois Maxwell Hirt was six years old when he got his first trumpet from a pawnshop sparking what proved to be a life long love affair. Freelancing in swing bands led by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Ray McKinley, Benny Goodman and Horace Heidt, he later performed his own band becoming the house band for Dan Levy's Pier 600 Club.

Sometime around 1955 he began teaming with Pete Fountain (clarinet) and by 1960, signed with RCA Records. All told, he recorded more than 50 albums in his career including many hit songs found in this collection. This CD brings you some of Al Hirt's finest performances and gives a clear representation of why his reputation has endured for decades.

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