Gatemouth – Climax Jazz Band 1986.
I think I have done another posting of the Gatemouth, but, this time it is with clarinetist Ian Arnott. Ian was a member of our band in 1981 and 1982 and occassionally would still sit in to play a concert like the one here at the Toronto Harbourfront Jazz Club. Gatemouth was originally recorded in 1926 by the New Orleans Wanderers, basically Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five without Louis and replaced by George Mitchell, the cornetist of Jelly Roll Morton. They only recorded four tunes. All of these, Gatemouth, Papa Dip, Too Tight and Perdido Street Blues have been my favourites and consequeently were in our Climax Jazz Band’s repertoire. Of course the clarinetist leader of the Wanderers was Johnny Dodds.
So it was particularily great to have Ian on clarinet. He always had a full understanding of Dodds’ approach which can be heard in this tune.
Others in the band: Bob Erwig cornet, Len Gosling trombone, Jack Vincken banjo, Chris Daniels bass and another special guest Graham Scriven from England on drums.