Al Hirt- At The Mardi Gras

Well, it is that time of year again.  Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is next week, the 13th, to be exact.  The preceding carnival kicks in to high gear this weekend, most notably in Rio and New Orleans.  So what better way to celebrate than with this album, which I bought for $1.80.  Also, since I have posted many Al Hirt records, that will save me some time on extrapolation.

This record, released by RCA, was a reissue from an earlier 1962 release.  I am not sure when the reissue was done .  It was recorded live at Dan’s Pier 600 in the Big Easy, which was owned by his business manager.  According to Wikipedia, Hirt played there nightly during the mid- 50’s to early 60’s.

Pretty standard dixieland jazz album.  Some pretty good numbers here.  Not much else to say about Hirt that I have not posted on this blog before.  Songs like “Basin Street Blues”, “Perdido”, and “Yellow Dog Blues” give a pretty good picture of Hirt’s set at the time.

For samples, I went with the opening number, “Bourbon Street Parade” as well as “Diga Diga Doo”.

Neat little record.  Satisfactory.  Have a good Mardi Gras!!

Pete Fountain- I Love Paris

Here is a record for $1.00 that had a bunch of songs that I regularly post on this page.

From Pete Fountain, that purveyor of Dixie Land Jazz, a record of French songs, proper.  Recorded for Coral Records and released in 1962, this one contains all the big French standards, ” Autumn Leaves”, “La Vie En Rose”, “April In Paris”, “C’est So Bon” , and the title track.  Pretty good stuff.

Fountain is backed up by Jack Sperling on drums, Stanley Wrightman on piano, Morty Cobb on bass, and Godfrey Hirsch on the occasional vibe.  Fountain is also backed by horns and strings conducted and arranged by Charles Bud Dant.

For a sample, I was really hard not to post any of the songs above as they seem to make their way on this blog more times than not.  Well, I was really drawn towards “Frere Jazz”, a Dixie Land interpretation of the kids song, “Frere Jacques”.

Anyway, in spite of keeping this post short today, this is a great little album. Satisfactory.