Mardi Gras in New Orleans: The Roots of Dixieland

Various Artists

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans: The Roots of Dixieland Review

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Initially released on the Bescol label in 1992, Legacy's 1994 reissue Roots of Dixieland Jazz: New Orleans on Parade is a good collection of 16 old-fashioned favorites played by trumpeter Louis Armstrong, cornetist Muggsy Spanier, trombonist Kid Ory, and reedmen Sidney Bechet, Jimmie Noone, Barney Bigard, Albert Nicholas, and George Lewis, as well as Sweet Emma Barrett and her Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Although the use of the word "parade" in the title might lead some to expect the kind of street promenade music associated with the Eureka, Onward, or Bunk Johnson brass bands, these are studio recordings done up in the grand old style that has inspired several generations of second liners and Dixie revivalists. This entertaining sampler maintains its dignity by avoiding the corn, even on topical novelties like "Ice Cream" and "Lou-Easy-An-I-A."

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