The Joys of New Orleans
Good-time New Orleans jazz is served up by California native and flugelhornist Jackie Coon and a spirited crew of local New Orleans players, including cornetist Connie Jones, bassist John Loupe, sousaphone ace Matt Perrine and bass drummer Richard Taylor, along with Pete Fountain sidemen Charlie Lodice on drums, Tom Gekler on trombone and Bob Molinari on piano. Together they strike a joyous accord on authentic New Orleans street-beat numbers like Louis and Lil Armstrong’s “Once in a While,” Paul Barbarin’s “The Second Line” and Spencer Williams’ “Mahogany Hall Stomp.”
Rick Fay offers some soulful, restrained clarinet work on Jelly Roll Morton’s “The Winnin’ Boy Blues” and then wails with abandon on the traditional “Joe Avery’s Piece” (a common theme played on Mardi Gras day) and the obscure swing-era number “Bee’s Knees.” The band puts a Dixieland spin on Horace Silver’s “The Preacher,” Gene Autry’s seasonal classic “Here Comes Santa Claus” and Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).”
Ringleader Coons also turns in some appropriately bluesy flugelhorn work on “Trouble in Mind” and “Basin Street Blues” while mixing it up with cornetist Jones on a rousing uptempo rendition of the swing-era chestnut “Avalon.” Originally recorded in 1993 at Ultrasonic Studios in New Orleans, this CD was released shortly after Katrina hit. All proceeds will be donated to the Jazz Foundation of America for the benefit of New Orleans Musicians’ Relief.