The Moods of Old New Orleans

The Moods of Old New Orleans

by Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble



Founded by clarinetist Fred Starr, the idea behind the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble was to have some of the Crescent City's top musicians get together to re-create, yet be creative in playing, the music of the 1920s. The 1995 version of the band, in addition to Starr (on clarinet, tenor and C-melody sax), includes clarinetist Joe Muranyi (an alumnus of the Louis Armstrong All-Stars), Lou Green and Willie Singleton on cornets, trombonist Tom Ebert, banjoist John Chaffe, pianist Terry Waldo, Tom Saunders on bass and tuba, and drummer John Joyce. Five of the arrangements/frameworks are based closely on King Oliver recordings (by both his Creole Jazz Band and the Dixie Syncopators); other role models include the New Orleans Owls and the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. In addition, there are individual features for Muranyi ("Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans") and Terry Waldo ("Mississippi Rag"); Carol Leigh takes a brief vocal on "Jackass Blues." The musicianship is strong and in tune, and the versions of such tunes as "Snag It," "Tampeekoe," "Sugarfoot Stomp" and "Mama's Gone Goodbye" are excellent. Easily recommended to New Orleans jazz and 1920s fans, this CD has been put out by the budget Naxos label.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1995
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313950621
catalogNumber: 9506

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble   Primary Artist
Joe Muranyi   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Willie Singleton   Cornet
Terry Waldo   Piano
John Joyce   Drums
John Chaffe   Banjo
Fred Starr   Clarinet,Leader,C-Melody Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Taranto   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tom Ebert   Trombone
Carol Leigh   Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Doug King   Executive Producer
Klaus Heymann   Executive Producer
Nikita Pristouris   Graphic Design
Vincent Sorce   Graphic Design
Traditional   Composer
James Scott   Composer

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