Coming off of the success of its first studio CD, Fritzel's Jazz Band delivers once again with its fifteen-song Volume Two
. Fritzel's is the venerable forty year-old New Orleans jazz club, located in the 700 block of Bourbon Street that has established an international reputation for Dixieland jazz in a fun European-style bar setting. This CD includes many old chestnuts, including "Tiger Rag," "Ice Cream," "Rockin Chair" and "My Bucket Got A Hole In It." As is true of the club itself, the CD is upbeat and uplifting. The combination of musiciansincluding the singer/banjoist Barry Foulon, trumpeters Chuck Brackman and Charlie Fradella, and clarinetists Tom Fisher and Pete Fountain
protégé Tim Laughlin
makes for a swinging good hour of traditional jazz.
One of the CD's treats is a recording of one of the band's most requested club songs, "St Louis Blues," sung by drummer Gerald French, a member of the musical multigenerational French family and son of bassist and crooner George French, who is often compared to Lou Rawls
, only better. The apple did not fall far from the tree, as demonstrated in this sexy version of W.C. Handy
's often-played tune, which would make Handy himself blush, knowing he had a part in its creation; with Fisher adding sultry sax solos and accents, and pianist Richard Scott's excellent chord choices and blues voicings, French sings like a blues master, all the while keeping the beat on drums in a "stripper" style.
Bassist and Fritzel's music director Bradford Truby
has once again put together a great collection of traditional Dixieland jazz, performed by band members who play it seven nights a week in the city where it was born. You don't get much closer to the source. This is a great CD for anyone who enjoys old New Orleans jazz, as well as anyone who has spent a fun-filled evening with the band at Fritzel's. As to which volume is better? That's like asking someone to choose between gumbo and jambalaya. The answer is: both.
Track Listing: At The Jazz Band Ball; Original Dixieland One Step; Rockin' Chair; Weary Blues;
My Bucket's Got a Hole in it; Shine; St. Louis Blues; L-O-U-I-S-I-A-N-A; Tin Roof
Blues; Floating Down To Cottontown; The Riverboat Shuffle; Everybody Love My
Baby; Down By The Riverside; Ice Cream; Tiger Rag.
Personnel: Chuck Brackman: coronet, trumpet; Charlie Fardella: coronet, trumpet; Tom Fisher:
clarinet, saxophone; Tim Laughlin: clarinet; Barry Foulon: banjo; Richard Scott:
piano; Bradford Truby: bass; Jesse Boyd: bass; Bryan Besse: drums; Gerald
Year Released: 2011