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Jackie Coon: 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).”

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