New Orleans Classics - Tim Laughlin's New Orleans All-Stars

One of the finest New Orleans clarinetists of today, Tim Laughlin was inspired and influenced early on by Pete Fountain and Benny Goodman. He has since developed his own voice within the tradition of the Crescent City. Laughlin has worked as a sideman with several groups including those led by pianist Tom McDermott, the Pfister Sisters, trumpeter Kevin Clark and pianist Steve Pistorius, but has mostly been a leader during the past decade. In addition to his solo talents and skill at uplifting ensembles, Laughlin is an excellent composer whose songs have added to the legacy of New Orleans jazz.

For New Orleans Classics, Laughlin's band features cornetist Connie Jones, trombonist Rick Trolsen, tenor-saxophonist Tom Fischer, pianist Tom McDermott, Matt Perrine on bass and sousaphone, drummer Hal Smith, and a few guest musicians. Laughlin contributed three originals and revived “Quincy Street Stomp” but otherwise plays inspired versions of New Orleans and Dixieland standards. Such songs as “Wolverine Blues,” “Fidgety Feet,” “Royal Garden Blues” and “Milneburg Joys” are heard in very passionate versions with creative frameworks and explosive ensembles. This is some of the most exciting New Orleans jazz to be recorded in the past 20 years.


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Wolverine Fidgety Feet Tin Roof Blues Dr. Jazz Royal Garden Blues Blue Orleans Buddy Bolden's Blues Dumaine Street Breakdown March of the Uncle Bubbys Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? Milneburg Joys Someday You'll Be Sorry Quincy Street Stomp

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Customer Reviews (5)

"Classically Dixie!"Review by Big Toots
CJ 25 New Orleans Classics Tim Laughlin’s New Orleans All-Stars

Why is it that even today – when “history” is the just-played iTune - that there is a timeless appeal to the music which emanated from the Crescent City? Whether we’re distracted or not, the sounds of King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and their musical progeny still enchant. We can’t seem to get enough once their swinging sass grabs hold of ours.

With “New Orleans Classics,” outstanding clarinetist Tim Laughlin and his All-Stars run through a baker’s dozen true ‘Nawlins classics (“Royal Garden Blues,” Tin Roof Blues,” “Doctor Jazz”). And, they do it in a style and with such vigor that the effort is sublime. This recording is a wonderful rendering of those well-known Dixieland standards and a couple of fine Laughlin originals (“Blue Orleans,”“Dumaine Street Breakdown,”“March of the Uncle Bubbys”). Each selection is performed with an energy and intensity that makes it Fat Tuesday every listening. Not a cut compromises.

Laughlin, a colleague and friend of the great New Orleans icon, Pete Fountain, is a true “Black Stick” virtuoso. He possesses a fine, clean clarinet sound throughout and wails fiery over the superb ensemble. Cornet man, Connie Jones is a smooth swinger with all the fluidity of his leader partner. Trombonists Rick Trolsen and Lucien Barbarin gut-bucket their way here brilliantly. Matt Perrine’s bottom pushes the crew, as does pianist, Tom McDermott. These aren’t casual Dixie types. The group thoroughly understands and delivers all the swing that’s needed to make the album a gem on parade.

“New Orleans Classics” is a marvelous Rx for whatever musically or historically might ail you. Get smart on this: drop the Smartphone and dig in.
(Posted on 6/10/2015)
Tim Laughlin's New Orleans All-StarsReview by Simon Sez
Now here is a clarinetist that everyone should know about. Tim Laughlin is one of the best clarinetists in New Orleans today. He really has the classic style down perfect, sounding like he invented it himself. He considers his main inspiration to be Pete Fountain but I think that Laughlin long ago topped his idol.
New Orleans Classics has Laughlin leading a seven-piece group that includes Connie Jones on cornet, trombonist Rick Trolsen and Tom Fischer on tenor. They not only play what Louis Armstrong would say were the “good ol’ good ones” like “Royal Garden Blues” and “Fidgety Feet” but the forgotten “Quincy Street Stomp” and three very good originals by the clarinetist. Those who love New Orleans jazz will definitely love this energetic and joyful set.

Simon Sez: Tim Laughlin is one of the top New Orleans clarinetists around today. He leads an exciting seven-piece group on New Orleans Classics (CJ25). (Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by Anonymous
An all-star cast of musicians make New Orleans classics jump up and dance again.
(Posted on 6/14/2013)
Review by Mike L. - New York
Trumpeter Buck Clayton was in Paris at the time of this tasteful and typically melodic quintet date. Joined by a four-piece rhythm section that features pianist Sir Charles Thompson and guitarist Jean Bonal, Clayton (who generally states the opening melody muted and then closes the piece with an open horn) never really cuts loose but is quite pleasing to hear on these standards. (Posted on 6/14/2013)
Review by -Scott Yanow
Forget the image of New Orleans jazz as a tired and predictable music played by over-the-hill amateur musicians. New Orleans Classics is evidence that the music is very much alive, joyful and full of endless potential, particularly when played by musicians on the level of Tim Laughlin.

"One of the finest New Orleans-style clarinetists on the scene today, Tim Laughlin is heard at his very best throughout New Orleans Classics. Featured in a group that includes cornetist Connie Jones, trombonist Rick Trolsen and Tom Fischer on tenor, Laughlin (whose biggest influence is Pete Fountain) performs some of the hottest New Orleans and Dixieland tunes along with three of his originals. The inventive frameworks and enthusiasm of the musicians results in particularly exciting versions of such tunes as "Wolverine Blues," "Royal Garden Blues," "Milenburg Joys" and "Fidgety Feet." This is difficult music to resist" (Posted on 6/7/2013)

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