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Album Review

Although this CD draws its 22 selections from clarinetist Pete Fountain's best period (his years on the Coral label), the selections picked are sometimes a bit eccentric. Fountain is heard playing Dixieland with some of his bands, but is also joined by — choral groups and occasional strings; no personnel listing or even recording dates are included. There is some good music along the way (such as "While We Danced at the Mardi Gras," "China Boy," "High Society," "Over the Waves" and "Indiana"), and even if this material deserved more knowledgeable treatment, most of these recordings are otherwise out-of-print; few are available elsewhere on CD.

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Best of Pete Fountain

You know, this is the first review I have done on this site and although I have downloaded many albums I felt it was time. As a young clarinetist a came across a recording of Pete (I am now 53) and was in awe of the sounds that he was getting out of the instrument. Technically flawless with a timbre so sonorous and warm I tried to emulate him when I was playing for the Washington Redskins Marching band. I never came close. But, he helped me gain more fulfillment for the instrument. It is an instrument that is incredibly expressive in every genre. I hope you enjoy it as must as I do.

Best of Pete Fountain

This is an awesome album that has plenty of variety. I adore listening to it. ; )


This is a great album jazz just isnt the same as it used I be and it's nice to hear the classics


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 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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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Dixieland
  • Released: Oct 17, 1990

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