Big Band Blues

Big Band Blues

by Pete FountainPete Fountain


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Pete Fountain has been synonymous with Dixieland jazz since the late '50s, and it makes sense that he would record with the New Lawrence Welk Orchestra, since he originally rose to fame playing his music during special features on The Lawrence Welk Show between 1957 and 1959. This ghost band is not that similar to its predecessor, as it features swinging arrangements by guitarist Bob Bain (a veteran of the Tonight Show Band and Bob Crosby's Bobcats) that mostly last three to four minutes and serve to showcase the clarinetist. Throughout his career, Fountain has covered a lot of material found on this release, including "Tin Roof Blues," "Basin Street Blues," and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," and he settles in quite well in his first big-band recording in nearly three decades. His improvisations within "Georgia on My Mind" and "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" are somewhat adventurous. The arrangement of "Summer Wind" was influenced by Nelson Riddle's chart for Frank Sinatra, but it is a little bland compared to the other tracks. Fans of Pete Fountain will no doubt enjoy this release.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2001
Label: Ranwood Records
UPC: 0014921827820
catalogNumber: 8278
Rank: 103451

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Fountain   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Richie Havens   Drums
Jay DaVersa   Trumpet
David Hungate   Rhythm Guitar
Michael Manthey   Trumpet
Jim Miller   Bass Trombone
Matt Muhoberac   Electric Guitar
Archie Wheeler   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Danny Hall   Bass
D'Vaughn E. Pershing   Piano
Wes Marshall   Trumpet
Dave Johnson   Trumpet
Chris Deusinger   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ben Pollack   Composer
Georg Brunis   Composer
Bob Bain   Arranger
John Bahler   Musical Director
Lew Brown   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Producer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Peter Levinson   Liner Notes
David Luke   Engineer
Paul Mares   Composer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Ray Sherman   Arranger
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Mel Stitzel   Composer
Georgette Cartwright   Creative Services Coordinator
Michael Genevay   Arranger
Walter Melrose   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Hans Bradtke   Composer

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