Pete Fountain - "Pete Fountain's New Orleans" - MCA - 1957
Pete Fountain plays that kind of whimsical Dixieland jazz that New Orleans was first known for on 1957's "Pete Fountain's New Orleans." And as the title would suggest, he plays it like he owns it.
The clarinetist shows why he is such a city icon on cool and easy tracks like "A Closer Walk With Thee" and "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?" He wows you on speedy tracks like the frantic "Ol' Man River" and the closer "Tin Roof Blues," which escalates to a final climax that leaves you jonesing for more.
Pete Fountain needs to be on the shelf of every NOLA jazz enthusiast, and "Pete Fountain's New Orleans" is the album that personifies best what he is all about for this city.