||Pete Fountain at Piper's Opera House CD (1994) |
Merle Koch songs Clarinetist Pete Fountain leads a fairly strong group on this set, which was reissued on CD in 1993. Recorded live in Virginia City, Nevada, one has to put up with some raving from the announcer, but otherwise the music is enjoyable. Fountain is joined by the underrated trumpeter John Thomas, the great tenor Eddie Miller, trombonist Bob Havens, pianist Merle Koch, bassist Bunky Jones and drummer Nick Fatool for a straightforward set of Dixieland jams and swing-era ballads. In the repertoire are such songs as "Jazz Me Blues," "Shine," "Wolverine Blues" and "South Rampart Street Parade." A fun outing, and one of Pete Fountain's few (and best) recordings of the 1980s. ~ Scott Yanow
clarinetist performs w. Eddie Miller-tenor sax, Merle Koch-piano+, 11 tracks
Recording information: Virginia City, NV (06/26/1983).
Personnel: Pete Fountain (clarinet); Eddie Miller (tenor saxophone); Bob Havens (trombone); Merle Koch (piano); Nick Fatool (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Floyd Levin; George H. Buck, Jr.
||Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? CDs (1996) |
Merle Koch CD discography Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).
Recorded between October 1956 and May 1965. Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews and Doug Ramsey.
Personnel: Pete Fountain (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Paul Guma, Bobby Gibbons (guitar); Eddie Miller (reeds, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry, Matty Matlock, Babe Russin, Wilbur Schwartz (reeds); Eddie Miller & His Orchestra (tenor saxophone); Manny Klein, Conrad Gozzo , Al Hirt, Shorty Sherock, Charlie Teagarden (trumpet); Bob Havens, Dick Noel, Abe Lincoln, Moe Schneider, George Roberts , Bill Schaeffer, Lew McCreary (trombone); Phil Stephens (tuba); Earl Vuiovich, John Propst, Stanley Wrightsman, Merle Koch (piano); Godfrey Hirsch (vibraphone, drums); Paul Edwards, Jack Sperling, Nick Fatool, Paul Barbarin, Ray Bauduc (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Orrin Keepnews; Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: French Quarter Inn, New Orleans, LA (02/16/1959-05/22/1965); L.A., CA (02/16/1959-05/22/1965); New Orleans, LA (02/16/1959-05/22/1965).
Photographer: Ray Avery.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Erick Labson; Bud Katzel.
Arrangers: Pete Fountain; Charles Bud Dant.
Personnel includes: Pete Fountain (clarinet); Charles "Bud" Dant (conductor); Eddie Miller (tenor saxophone, reeds); Manny Klein, Conrad Gozzo, Shorty Sherock, Al Hirt, Charlie Teagarden, Jack Coon (trumpet); Abe Lincoln, Moe Schneider, Lew McCreary, Bill Schaeffer, George Roberts, Dick Noel, Bob Havens (trombone); Phil Stephens (tuba); Matty Matlock, Wilbur Schwartz, Babe Russin, Chuck Gentry (reeds); Godfrey Hirsch (vibraphone); Stan Wrightsman, Merle Koch, John Propst, Earl Vuiovich (piano); Bobby Gibson, Paul Guma (guitar); Morty Corb, Don Bagley, Oliver Felix (bass); Jack Sperling, Ray Bauduc, Paul Barbarin, Nick Fatool (drums).