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In memory of the late great Al Hirt who left us last April,1999, I present this CD Brassman's Holiday I like everything about this CD including the cover which shows Al all decked out with his etched art deco Leblanc horn in front of the paddle boat the "Mississippi Queen". This is Al in his prime (1963) featuring his then famous sextet. He truly was back in those days The King of the trumpet and of the Mardi Gras.
Most of the songs on this CD are familiar old traditional dixieland tunes that include the trumpet and clarinet trading solos. The title song "Brassman's Holiday" caught my attention due to the fact that it was used at Christmas time on a local radio station in my hometown when I was a kid, for advertising the Salvation Army concert. It has been some 36 years ago since I heard this tune, wow what a treat !
I would like to also mention that the review contained in this CD was written by Fred Hall in 1995 .This is well worth the reading as Fred does a great job including some insight into each song and the Al Hirt legacy.
Track Listing: 1.Royal Garden Blues 2.Yellow Dog Blues 3.I Can't Get Started 4.South Rampart Street Parade 5.Brassman's Holiday 6.Second Chance 7.The Tin Roof Blues 8.Just A Closer Walk With Thee 9.The Birth Of The Blues 10.Begin The Beguine 11.Blues In The Night 12.Dear Old Southland 13.Frankie & Johnny 14.Cornet Chop Suey 15.New Orleans 16.Battle Hymn Of The Republic
If you know and like the crisp, high-flying sound of the Al Hirt trumpet, I suggest you add this CD to your collection. If on the other hand you are not sure what dixieland music is or if you'll even like it, I challenge you to buy this CD for you are in for a treat. Al Hirt was one of those rare musicians who could play any style of music and do it with technical ease, This CD is a supreme example, truly amazing !
Personnel: AL Hirt- trumpet Pee Wee Spitelera- clarinet Bob Havens- trombone Ronnie DuPont- piano Oliver Felix- bass Paul Ferrar- drums
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.