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Up The Mississippi With
The Phenomenal Dukes of Dixeland
Volume 9

Dukes of Dixieland

The Dukes of Dixeland - Up The Mississippi With The Phenomenal Dukes of Dixeland Volume 9 The Dukes of Dixeland - Up The Mississippi With The Phenomenal Dukes of Dixeland Volume 9

Audio Fidelity...AFLP 1892...A/B...1958...33 1/3 LP...High-Fidelity

Side 1
1) Mississippi Mud - Barris/Cavanaugh...3:07
2) South - Not Given...3:40
3) Millenberg Joys - Melrose...3:27
4) Beale Street Blues - W. C. Handy...3:07
5) St. Louis Blues - W. C. Handy...4:28
6) Down by the Old Mill Stream - Forster...3:06>br />
Side 2
1) Old Man River - Kern/Hammerstein...2:40
2) Riverside Blues - T. A. Dorsey...3:47
3) Up the Lazy River - Carmichael/Arodin...4:06
4) Dear Ol' Southland - Layton/Dreamer...3:08
5) Down By The Riverside - Assuntos/Frey...3:25
6) When It's Sleepy Time Down South - Rene/Muse...3:47

The Dukes of Dixeland - Up The Mississippi With The Phenomenal Dukes of Dixeland Volume 9 The Dukes of Dixeland - Up The Mississippi With The Phenomenal Dukes of Dixeland Volume 9


Frank Assunto - trumpet
Fred Assunto - trumbone
Jac Assunto - trombone and bango
Jack Maheu - clarinet
Stanley Mendelson - piano
Red Hawley - drums
Lowell Miller - tuba and string bass

Up The Mississippi With The Phenomenal Dukes of Dixeland Volume 9

The Dukes of Dixieland, ...YOU HAVE TO HEAR IT TO BELIEVE IT!

The little southern town sleeps in the heat of midday. Streets are empty. Here and there in the shade of store fronts a few figures are slouched in chairs tilted back against walls. Less than a stone´s throw away, the majestic, magnificent Mississippi, rolling along with its mile-wide tide, glistens in the sun. Suddenly a cry echoes through the air. "S-t-e-a-m-boat a-comin´!" At once the entire area is charged with motion. People come pouring out of buildings; men and boys come running; and even the ladies of pleasure raise fringe-tipped shades to watch the proceedings. Along the levees stevedores spring into action as the riverboat glides into its moorings. Thus it was in days gone by and thus it is today with the great Mississippi, which contributes to the colorful mosaic of the Southland.

Take a trip up the Mississippi. From mouth to source it´s a long trip-all of 4,300 miles. The itinerary reads like a "Who´s who" of historic American cities-New Orleans, Natchez, Vicksburg, Memphis, Cairo, St. Louis, Quincy, Rock Island, Dubuque and St. Paul. A trip up the Mississippi can be made in a number of ways-by boat, airplane, via literature, folk lore, commerce, art, drama and music. Our trip is going to be by way of music, and no group can navigate the fabulous waterway more masterfully than The Dukes of Dixieland, who hail from New Orleans, right at the river´s estuary. The Dukes enjoy the advantage of having matured in an environment where young musicians got their baptism by playing at fairs, public functions, funerals, conventions, weddings, theaters, hotels and night clubs. Such is their extraordinary flair for Dixieland that one devoted follower contends they have Mississippi River water, as well as blood, coursing through their veins.

A musical trip up the Mississippi is like a study in impressions. For the river evokes many recollections of the past, some of them part of the history of America, others images of modern times, all part of the rich pageantry of the south and central states. First there is New Orleans, metropolis of the south, cradle of Dixieland music, melting pot of every nationality, city of dignity where the color and quaintness of France and Spain are apparent everywhere, home of the Mardi-Gras, of cock fights, burying ground of many immortals of jazz and center of a score of other attractions.

As you proceed up the Mississippi, there is Natchez, a beautiful hill city which gets its name from the Indians. The region still abounds with legends of drinking, carousing, fighting and murder going back 100 years. One of the most famous tales concerns a historic race between two river boats whose captains were bitter rivals. After Natchez you stop at Vicksburg, noted Civil War landmark. It was here that the famous ironclad warship, The Arkansas, was sunk and the entire Union army nearly defeated. Today, however, these are just memories, and the strife and bitterness of Civil War have been eased by years of prosperity stemming from vast cotton and sugar production. Memphis, famous for its pretty belles, its hospitality and as the heart of the land of cotton, is sometimes called the "good Samaritan city" of the Mississippi. Industrial center and railroad terminus that it is today, it is as beautiful as it was a century ago before the Civil War.

Further north along the river is Cairo, one-time rendezvous of Mississippi boatmen and their girls. Here you see verdant rolling hills that border both sides of the river, huge sugar plantations and seemingly endless expanses of farmland. Then another 200 miles to the north lies St. Louis, sprawling industrial center of the south, water and rail crossroads, meeting place of gamblers, shady ladies, industrialists, adventurers and jazzmen.

The music in this recording reflects not only the general leisurely character of the southern Mississippi regions but the true personality of the river. A sunrise and sunset on the Mississippi are unforgettable. Everywhere the enchantment of the country produces a magic effect. The silence and loneliness of the hilly regions present a striking contrast with the activity and bustle of the river cities, all of which hum today. Now the day dawns quietly, vast stretches of forest, rolling plantations and land thick with dense vegetation unfolding as the first trace of light appears. The water of the river is like a sheet of glass, at first obscured by spirals of mist that are dissipated as the sun lifts above the horizon. The clear call of a bird is heard, and soon others join in a mounting chorus. As the light becomes stronger, the entire countryside unfolds like a magic carpet, occasionally broken by a swathe cut by naked trees or towering brushwood. This is the Mississippi mirrored in such perennial favorites as "Down By The Old Mill Stream," "Sleepy Time Down South," "Old Man River" and "Up A Lazy River."

But the old river has its other moods, those inspired by turbulent waters reflecting sullen skies, high winds that sweep dust into the churning tide and rainstorms that roll millions of tons of mud into its bed. In a way these moods are reflected in more sophisticated, less serene music like "St. Louis Blues," "Real Street Blues" and "Mississippi Mud." One might associate such pieces with northern river ports like St. Louis (which is generally considered the northernmost river port on the Mississippi´s southern stretch), Quincy, Rock Island, Dubuque and St. Paul.

In such varied selections as "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "Down By The Riverside" and "Milenberg Joys," The Dukes of Dixieland admirably demonstrate their unusual gift for playing Dixieland. Added to this gift is an exhaustive knowledge of repertory that lends itself to Dixieland, seasoned musicianship that stems from every member of the group being a first class virtuoso, and an outward ease of playing that gives the listener the impression they are improvising. The selections represented here were recorded with guaranteed total frequency range techniques and mastered with the kind of meticulous engineering skill that captures every subtlety of tone and rhythm with extraordinary realism.

THE DUKES OF DIXIELAND have achieved a reputation through their releases on Audio Fidelity Records that is without precedent in the record industry. They began their ascent to the top as a jazz combo in 1947, when two brothers, Frank and Fred Assunto, started a high school band to specialize in Dixieland in their native New Orleans. Their measure of success at the time was the determining factor in the choice of a name for the combo. When they wore able to round up four players, they called themselves the Basin Street Four; when they corraled five, they took the name Basin Street Five, etc.

Their break came when they won enthusiastic acclaim for their playing on the Horace Heidt radio program in a guest spot. They were invited to tour with the band, and did so using the name Junior Dixie Band. Further acclaim on this tour made them decide to turn professional. Having saved some money, they left the Heidt show, returned to New Orleans and announced that they had turned professional. They took the name The Dukes of Dixieland and blazed a trail that has led to fame and fortune with a 44-month engagement at the Famous Door night club in the Crescent City. This led to appearances in top night spots, theaters and hotels throughout the country, as well as to a contract with Audio Fidelity.

In addition to Frank and Fred Assunto, The Dukes are powered by a dynamo in the person of Jac Assunto, their father, who is known to the group as "Papa Jac." Jac runs the business affairs of the ensemble, and in his less guarded moments admits to holding a degree in business administration from Tulane University.


This recording was made on an Ampex Tape Recorder Model 300 with Telefunken, Electrovoice and Altec Microphones. The Masters were cut on an Automatic Scully Record Lathe with Grampian Feedback Cutter Heads driven by specially designed 200 Watt Amplifiers.

Mastering was done at the studios of B & C Recording in New York with maximum stylus velocity consistent with minimum distortion realizing the ultimate in signal to noise ratio.

While the total frequency range of 16 CPS to 25,000 CPS on this record may not be within the range of ordinary human hearing, nevertheless inspection with a microscope will show the etchings of the upper dynamic frequencies.

However, it is the opinion of the manufacturer that if these frequencies were omitted from this record a certain warmth of tone that is felt and sensed rather than heard would be lost. For this reason and to achieve the ultimate in our "studies in HIGH FIDELITY sound" we have gone to these extreme electronic lengths.

Although any 33V3 RPM record playing equipment may be used in playing this recording, it is recommended that playback equipment of extreme wide range and fidelity be used so that the recordings may be enjoyed to their utmost.

Low Frequency Limit.......................................16 CPS
High Frequency Limit................................25,000 CPS
Crossover......................................................500 CPS
Rolloff............................................13.75 DB at 10KC

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