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Jackie Coon: The Joys of New Orleans by Jackie Coon

The late music critic Henry Pleasants once wrote, "jazz may be thought of as a current that bubbled forth from a spring in the slums of New Orleans to become the main spring of the twentieth century." Currents, wind and water have recently brought devastation to the Crescent City, the source of America's great art form. With Jackie Coon: The Joys of New Orleans, Arbors Records not only reminds us of happier times, but lends a hand to those who have brought us this treasured music. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) for the relief of New Orleans musicians.

Joys celebrates Mardi Gras 1993. Jackie Coon arrived from California with his flugelhorn, Rick Fay from Florida with his array of reeds. They marched with Pete Fountain's renowned "Half-Fast Marching Band" and then headed to the studios with old friends Tom Gekler, Charlie Lodice, Bob Molinellii ( from Fountain's band), Connie Jones and John Loupe. They had a ball!

The result was a relaxed session of intricate interplay that is so characteristic of New Orleans music. The strong front line of Coon,Fay,Gekler and Jones, aided and abetted by the equally robust rhythm section of Molinelli, Lodice and Loupe romp and solo their way through a repertoire that ranges from Satchmo to Horace Silver, Jelly Roll to Irving Berlin. Even "Trouble in Mind" gives you the feeling that there is a rainbow out there somewhere.

Then they took us on a parade. Molinelli traded his piano for a tambourine. Bassist Loupe took five. In came Matt Perrine, who really knows his way around the sousaphone, and Richard Taylor, leader of the Dukes of Dixieland, with bass drum and cymbal. "The Second Line," "Joe Avery's Piece," "Here Comes Santa Claus" ( a touch out of season but who cares) and "Jambalaya" are all to the beat of the street.

In the New Orleans parade tradition, join in the second line. For 17 years JFA has assisted veteran jazz and blues musicians who are down on their luck. Today in the Gulf Region, working with local organizations, JFA has replaced lost instruments and found housing and health assistance. Live music in shelters has provided both employment and healing. Please help JFA (www.jazzfoundation.org). Your action will bring joy to others and, who knows, the march may lead you to jambalaya, crawfish pie and file' gumbo.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jackie Coon
  • CD Title: Jackie Coon: The Joys of New Orleans
  • Genre: Traditional / New Orleans
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Arbors
  • Tracks: The Second Line, Once In A While, The Winnin´ Boy Blues, Joe Avery´s Piece, The Preacher, Mahogany Hall Stomp, Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane), Bee´s Knees, Trouble In Mind, Jambalaya (On the Bayou), Avalon, Basin Street Blues, Alexander´s Ragtime Band, Down In Honky Tonky Town.
  • Musicians: Jackie Coon (flugelhorn, vocal), Rick Fay (soprano and tenor saxes, clarinet), Connie Jones (cornet), Tom Gekler (trombone, vocal), Bob Molinelli (piano,tambourine), John Loupe (bass), Charlie Lodice (drums), Richard Taylor (bass drum, cymbal and wood block), Matt Perrine (sousaphone).
  • Rating: Five Stars
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