“Aside from a few compilations consisting of previously released 78 rpm recordings, the 1959 United Artists LP Petite Fleur represents the first album by New Orleans clarinetist Edmond Hall. Accompanied by pianist Ellis Larkins, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Jimmy Crawford, Hall revisits Sidney Bechet’s “Petite Fleur” and another Dixieland classic, “Clarinet Marmalade,” with great feeling. His perky original “Cook Good” was inspired by a folk tune he heard as a young man called “Cook Good Cabbage.” The group expands to a sextet with the addition of trumpeter Emmett Berry and trombonist Vic Dickenson on four tracks. A medley of six songs from the vast Duke Ellington songbook showcases a different side of Hall and some excellent muted horn by Dickenson. The leader even takes a rare vocal on the swinging closer, “Don’t Give Me No Sympathy.” – Ken Dryden/AllMusic.
“Ultimately, indifferent playing time might be an issue for those who prefer to buy their music by the yard. For everyone else this is essentially music of a bygone age which still has a place in the early years of the 21st Century, especially when it’s put out by musicians who knew their stuff inside out and had the vocabulary to express themselves eloquently.” – Nic Jones/AllAboutJazz.
00:00 A1 Petite Fleur [Quartet]
04:08 A2 Ellington Medley: : Prelude To A Kiss/Do Nothing Till You … [Sextet]
13:51 A3 Clarinet Marmalade [Quartet]
17:14 A4 Edmond Hall Blues [Sextet]
20:58 B1 Cook Good [Quartet]
24:38 B2 Off The Road [Sextet]
32:34 B3 Adam And Eve [Quartet]
36:37 B4 Don’t Give Me Sympathy [Sextet]
Milt Hinton – bass
Edmond Hall – clarinet
Jimmy Crawford – drums
Ellis Larkins – piano
Vic Dickenson (tracks: A2, A4, B2, B4) – trombone
Emmett Berry (tracks: A2, A4, B2, B4) – trumpet
Tracks A2, A4, B2, B4 are sextet sessions including Vic Dickenson and Emmett Berry.
The rest is quartet sessions.
Label: United Artists Records – UAS 5028
Format: Vinyl, LP