Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland

Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland

by Pete Fountain


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There are relatively few of Pete Fountain's early-'60s Coral recordings available on CD, which is a pity because those rank with the finest work of the New Orleans clarinetist's career. This sampler in a series presented by Fountain has 20 selections in all. A dozen cuts comprise the complete reissue of the 1963 album South Rampart Street Parade, an unusual date in which Fountain, trumpeter Jackie Coon, trombonist Moe Schneider, tuba, banjo, and bass are joined by four drummers who each focus on specific parts of a drum set in order to sound like a New Orleans parade band. The results are naturally quite rhythmic and fun. In addition, Fountain is featured on seven earlier tracks, including three numbers with trumpeter George Girard and four in an octet with trumpeter Charlie Teagarden and tenor saxophonist Eddie Miller. The only weak number is the final selection, a 1968 version of "Walking Through New Orleans," in which Fountain is backed by insipid background singers, but that is the only minus to this rewarding set of high-quality Dixieland.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/23/2001
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731454936521
catalogNumber: 549365
Rank: 62731

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pete Fountain   Primary Artist,Clarinet
Paul Barbarin   Percussion,Drums
Armand Hug   Piano
Santo Pecora   Trombone,Drums
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Basin Street Six   Track Performer
George Girard   Trumpet
Godfrey Hirsch   Percussion,Drums
Jackie Coon   Trumpet
Morty Corb   Bass
Charles Bud Dant   Conductor
Nick Fatool   Percussion,Drums
Bobby Gibbons   Banjo,Guitar
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Eddie Miller   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Noel   Trombone
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Joe Rotis   Trombone
Bill Schaeffer   Trombone
Moe Schneider   Trombone
Jack Sperling   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Snare Drums
Phil Stephens   Tuba
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Roy Zimmerman   Piano
John Propst   Piano
Eddie Miller & His Orchestra   Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Franks   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Paul Barbarin   Composer
Pete Fountain   Composer,Liner Notes
Ben Pollack   Composer
Don Bagley   Arranger
Ray Bauduc   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Matty Matlock   Arranger
Heine Beau   Arranger
W.C. Handy   Composer
Godfrey Hirsch   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Georg Brunis   Composer
Charles Bud Dant   Arranger,Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Lil Hardin   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Walter Melrose   Composer
Porter Steele   Composer
Percy Wenrich   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stanley Murphy   Composer
Thornton Allen   Composer
Charles Robbins   Composer
M.W. Sheafe   Composer
Melville Stitzel   Composer
Richard Drown   Composer

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Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
REKNY More than 1 year ago
Clarinetist Pete Fountain has recorded since approx. 1950, and this compilation covers 1950 to 1983, from small combos to small bands. Nothing, however, really reflects his years with Lawrence Welk. My favorites are the earliest cuts, which feature George Gerard and Charlie Teagarden playing great trumpet. Sound is reflective of transfers possibly from 78's, still, adequate. Louis Armstrong and his All Stars recorded my favorite "Tin Roof Blues" live while on a European tour, still, this performance by Fountain runs it a close second. The cuts with the Mardi Gras Strutters are fine, though without the "bite" of the combo cuts. The vocal group on the last cut is, to me, unecessary. All in all, an excellent Fountain retrospective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this CD has some great songs on it, unfortunately it sounds like they were recorded in a tunnel. Not only that, many sound grainy and scratchy. I understand, of course, that most of these songs are old recordings, but I've heard older that were restored better.