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 and Al Hirt- The New Orleans Scene

I got this at Vinyl Edge in the Heights for $3. I would have bought it for either so having both artists make it a no brainer.  Plus I really bought it for the song that I am going to post.

I have had both Pete Fountain and Al Hirt on this site numerous times, but this is the first time I had them together.  Both men had deep ties to the New Orleans’ jazz scene.  Both men had their own night clubs in the French Quarter, I believe.  Both men also stole members from each others bands as well.  Despite these events, the two remained friendly in competition for the most part.

This record from Coral in 1962 and features four songs from both Fountain and Hirt in a traditional 7 piece dixieland jazz format.  The other four tunes are just Fountain,, backed by a typical West Coast rhythm section.  A fellow blog site dedicated to Fountain describes this album in more detail.  I have been leaning on other’s blogs quite frequently this month.

Blog entry on the record.

For a sample, I decided to highlight something from the two artists and I wanted to use “It’s A Long Way From Tipperary” , being one of my favorite tunes.  The song , made popular in WWI, is sung from an Irishman’s perspective, being in England for training and away from home.

Satisfactory Record

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.