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This is a hilariously bad LP. Pete Fountain's Dixieland group alternates (often chorus by chorus) with pianist Big Tiny Little's very corny honky tonk band, really tearing apart (quite unintentionally) a dozen veteran standards. Add to the general bedlam quite a few sound effects and the results are remarkable: music to offend everyone. Also quite humorous are Leonard Feather's liner notes which attempt to justify this nonsense.


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 has the ability to play songs that he has performed a countless number of 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 have remained unchanged since the late '50s, yet he never sounds bored. In 1948, Fountain (who is heavily influenced by Benny Goodman and Irving Fazola) was a member of the Junior Dixieland Band and this...
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