Pete Fountain, Pete’s Place – Recorded “Live” At Pete Fountain’s French Quarter Inn, New Orleans (1964)
Look, I couldn’t tell you I was a fan of Pete Fountain ahead of hearing this – but I had heard his name. He was a Dixieland jazz clarinetist and I love his sound; there’s something cookin’ in his kitsch-ness I tell ya – helps, perhaps, that I’m a fan of the vibraphone, there’s some kick-ass Stompin’ At The Savoy-styled drums here too; always a thing for me. But Fountain’s lines are great and it’s a setlist of classic recorded (in mono) in a great room with a terrific vibe. He owns the place! (Check the album’s title, it’s not just a way of saying he was nailing it on that night). It’s not a flat-out jazz classic of course but it’s a bloody good time. Sometimes that’s all you need. As much as I love Bill Evans or Miles Davis or whoever else I can also love this; just as good as Sam Cooke’s live at the Copa is, sometimes I only want Trini Lopez at PJ’s. So, a nice find – to find Pete Fountain and his small combo killin’ it here. I’ve really got hooked on this, an impulse buy; quick flick through it in the shop and then home to enjoy. So often the gems arrive that way!
Sample Track:That’s A Plenty
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