Monday, October 6, 2008

Two Sides of New Orleans - Master Audio Recording Studios

Two Sides of New Orleans
National Governor's Conference 1975
featuring Pete Fountain

1975 Master Audio Recording Studios

Side A
1. Saints Go Marching In - Louis Cottrell and Jazz Band
2. New Orleans Parade - Murphy Campo and Orchestra
3. Cabaret - Dukes of Dixieland
4. Ragtime Gal - Your Father's Moustache Orchestra
5. Little Rock Get-A-Way - Armand Hug Piano
6. Tiger Rag - Danny Barker and Jazz Band

Side B
1. R. K.'s Boogie - Ronnie Kole Trio
2. Down By the Riverside - Trombone Beaucoup and Orchestra
3. Cotton Fields - Paul Guma Quartet
4. Without a Song - Dick Stabile and Orchestra
5. Java - Al Hirt and Orchestra
6. Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? - Pete Fountain and Orchestra

Album cover designed by Bob Cole
A tourism souvenir given out at he The National Governor's Conference held in 1975 in New Orleans, LA

Liner Notes:

"Priceless" is literally the word for this L.P. It isn't for sale. It's a gift from the State of Louisiana, a special gift of New Orleans music.

New Orleans music is an art derived from European classical and folk music, African chants, country blues, work songs, jazz and a modernization of all of these in today's Crescent City sound. It's a sound heard all around town - Bourbon Street, Uptown, Downtown - from the old sections to the suburbs, and beyond.

But however New Orleans music changes, it always provides pleasure. And for pleasure, we offer this disc for your very own.

Louis Cottrell, Jr., "When the Saints Go Marching In"
Louis, Jr., son of the great jazz percussionist, is one of the finest pure New Orleans clarinetists. He performs with his old-timers at Heritage Hall on Bourbon Street, while Blanche Thomas belts out her own brand of blues and "soul."
Performance courtesy of Nobility Records, N-703.

Murphy Campo, "New Orleans Parade"
Reared in the French Quarter, Campo started young on the trumpet. As a teenager he won a stint at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Now appearing at the French Quarter's Famous Door. Campo is a trumpet virtuoso, singer and composer.
Performance courtesy of Spark Records, K 84001, 1962.

Dukes of Dixieland, "Cabaret"
"La familia Assunto e compadres" is an Italian description of the Dukes. Frank Assunto, his brothers and associates still carry on hometown traditions with a hometown sound. The Dukes have made it big in Las Vegas and just about everywhere. Now they're home playing at Dukes' Place at the Monteleone Hotel.
Performance courtesy of Decca Records. DL 74863, 1968.

Your Father's Moustache Orchestra, "Ragtime Gal"
Nostalgic turn-of-the-century and roaring twenties sounds spill through the jazzy precincts of Bourbon Street when the enthusiastic young musicians of Your Father's Moustache make music with banjos, tuba and slide trombone while the visiting firemen sing along just for kicks.
Performance courtesy of Your Father's Moustache, New Orleans.

Armand Hug, "Little Rock Get-A-Way"
Leader in the white jazz field. Hug's only eccentricity is a refusal to leave New Orleans even for money. During the thirties, Hug's piano was first choice of Benny Goodman, Bob Crosby, the Dorseys. Today he spellbinds audiences at the Royal Orleans Hotel.
Performance courtesy of Gold Crest Label. #3045.

Danny Barker, "Tiger Rag"
Danny as a kid played with old-time New Orleans spasm bands. Later his versatility on guitar or banjo provided a rhythm spark for Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Cab Calloway and Lucky Millinder. An authority on New Orleans jazz, he worked as historian for the Jazz Museum.
Performance courtesy of Bethlehem Label, BCP-6047, 1959.

Ronnie Kole, "R. K.'s Boogie"
Skilled piano entertainer, Kole got his first big break on the Mike Douglas TV Show, followed by appearances on the Tonight Show and at Las Vegas' Thunderbird. There Al Hirt persuaded him to head New Orleans way. His style, according to Kole, is not Dixieland, progressive or even jazz. Just cool and classical. he and his combo turn on fans wherever they play in New Orleans and throughout the country.
Performance courtesy of Paula Records, LSP 2200.

Trombones Beaucoup and Orchestra, "Down By the Riverside"
Louis Pendarvis, Milton Bush, and Bob Morgan had been playing trombones as a section for several years with the New Orleans opera. Their trombone togetherness also extends to the New Orleans Summer Pops, as well as many dance bands and jazz clubs.
Performance courtesy of Dover Record, Inc., LP1002.

Paul Coma Quartet, "Cotton Fields"
New Orleans born Paul Guma has the unique talent of being equally adept on guitar, clarinet and saxophone. Known 'round the country as former guitarist with Pete Fountain, Paul formed his own group and is now entertaining in Florida.
Performance courtesy of Top of the Mart.

Dick Stabile, "Without a Song"
Since he formed his own band in 1936, Dick Stabile has been a much wanted musician. He's appeared in virtually every major hotel and has logged thousands of broadcast hours. Today he plays to happy audiences in the "Blue Room" of the Roosevelt Hotel.
Performance courtesy of King Records, KS623.

Al Hirt, "Java"
"Gabriel of the South," big Al and orchestra rate as one of showbiz's hottest musical groups. A "red-beans-and rice" Orleanian, Al started to climb with a scholarship to the Cincinnati Conservatory. He later joined the Dorsey bands, Ray McKinley and Horace Heidt. He's wowed audiences at Carnegie Hall as well as in feature movies and recordings. Now he's a hero at his own Bourbon Street bistro, Al Hirt's Club.
Performance courtesy of RCA Records, LSP 3309, 1965.

Pete Fountain, "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans"
One of the great clarinetists of all times. Pete made his first pro date at age 18, filling in for Irving Fazola. With a two-year stint on Lawrence Welk's TV show, Pete earned national acclaim. An incurable Orleanian, Pete has rooted himself here - except for recording dates, short tours and TV appearances. He now dispenses musical pleasure in his own club, Pete Fountain's French Quarter Inn.
Performance courtesy of Coral Records, CRL757282.

Good Time Louisiana is a unique combination of just about everything you could want to enjoy. Would you like your vacation to have an exotic flavor? Well, 10 flags have flown over Louisiana, and the state still exhibits exciting and unusual influences from its past. Take the Evangeline Country, where the Acadians, exiled from Canada, settled. Their descendants, affectionately called "Cajuns," still speak a patois based on 18th century French as frequently as English. The enchanting past is all around you in Louisiana. You can see Indian mounds... remains from earliest explorations... towns founded before the United States was a nation... magnificent ante-bellum mansions... pirate hangouts... Civil War forts and battlefields. It's a sight-seer's dream.

Louisiana is a Sportsman's Paradise, too. Whatever your sport - unless snow is involved - you will enjoy it here as never before. There is year-round golf, tennis, fishing and water sports of every description. Horse racing has been popular since the days when plantation owners staked fortunes on the prides of their stables. And there are unusual native sports as well, such as the pirogue races in slim craft invented by the Indians. Of course, the Mid-Winter Sports Carnival, with its complete program of amateur athletics, is famous throughout the nation.

Regional cooking at its most unusual and best is what you'll find in Louisiana. The Creole cuisine originated from the classic French - spiced with Spanish flavoring, Indian herbs, and an African exoticism. All this art was used on the native produce such as magnificent seafood and shellfish... vegetables such as mirliton, yams, okra and cushaw... excellent meats... and a luscious array of fruits and berries. Creole cooking is found, for the most part, in the southern part of the state, but wherever you go in Louisiana - whether it's a world famous restaurant or a little out-of-the-way cafe offering the specialities of that particular region - you can eat beautifully.

Louisianians are a festival minded people, and you'll find celebrations throughout the year. Of course, Mardi Gras is the most famous event as far as the rest of the world is concerned. But in a typical year there are almost a hundred fairs and festivals throughout the state from Spring Fiesta, a recreation of ante-bellum days, to Holiday in Dixie... the Hodges Gardens Arts & Crafts Festival... Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle... and delightful country fairs of every sort.

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