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Although this Laserlight release does list the correct personnel and songs (which puts it a cut above some of the other Laserlight budget sets), there is no mention on this 1998 CD that the music is from 1977 and that it was formerly put out as a First American LP. The liner notes only deal with Fountain's early days (pre-1960) and are therefore irrelevant to the release. It is a pity, because the music is actually quite good. Veteran clarinetist Pete Fountain, who had not recorded a strong jazz set as a leader in about a dozen years, heads a spirited octet that included tenor saxophonist Eddie Miller, both Jack Delaney and Jim Duggan on trombones, trumpeter Mike Serpas, pianist Earl Vuiovich (misspelled here as "Volovich"), bassist Oliver Felix and drummer Charlie Lodice. The band mostly performs Fountain's usual Dixieland repertoire with highlights being "Jazz Me Blues," "Struttin' with Some Barbeque," "Margie" and "Indiana." There is an unidentified vocalist on a couple of tracks (Delaney?) who is okay for this setting. Worth picking up by Dixieland fans despite the erratic packaging.


Born: 03 July 1930 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most famous of all New Orleans jazz clarinetists, Pete Fountain had the ability to play songs that he performed countless times (such as "Basin Street Blues") with so much enthusiasm that one would swear he had just discovered them. His style and most of his repertoire remained unchanged from the late '50s into the new millennium, yet he never sounded bored. In 1948, Fountain (who was heavily influenced by Benny Goodman and Irving Fazola) was a member of the Junior Dixieland Band and this...
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