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This budget LP does not bother to list its recording dates or personnel and clarinetist Pete Fountain is actually a sideman rather than the leader but the music is wonderful with plenty of exciting ensembles. A variety of local New Orleans greats (including trumpeters Alvin Alcorn and Tony Almerico and trombonist Jack Delaney) star along with Fountain on definitive versions of such songs as "Sidewalks of New York," "Hindustan," "Till We Meet Again" and "Sensation." Fans of Dixieland are well-advised to search for this hot music.


Born: July 3, 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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