The Happy Pals: New Orleans Party Orchestra (2006)
New Orleans Party Orchestra is ten tracks of old-time Dixie/Louis Armstrong-flavored jumping jazz swing, with an interesting mix of tunes that includes Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," though I don't think Dylan would recognize this rendition. Two other better-known titles are "Folsom Prison Blues," made famous by the late Johnny Cash; and the Adamson & McHugh piece "Lovely Way To Spend An Evening," which became a part of Sinatra's repertoire. The setting is live, the music is all New Orleans jazz swing, and the band seems to be having a heck of a party. Bourbon Street beckons for this kind of sound.
Track Listing: Algiers Strut; Mama's Gone Goodbye; Don't Think Twice, It's Alright; I Come To The Garden Alone; Folsom Prison Blues; Short Dress Gal; Lovely Way To Spend An Evening; Climax Rag; Love Songs Of The Nile; Maryland and My Maryland.
Personnel: Toby Hughes: alto saxophone; Patrick Tevlin:trumpet; Chuck Clarke: drums; Rainer Hunck: banjo; Phillip J. Carney: (sbs); Roberta Tevlin: trombone; Roberta Hunt: piano.
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Dixieland/New Orleans/Swing