Raymond Burke
The Southland Recordings 1958-1960
GHB Records  BCD-99   Released: 04/07/2024


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Apple Blossom Time

City of a Million Dreams

Pagen Love Song

Back Home Again In Indiana

Bugle Call Rag

No one sounded quite like Raymond Burke. He's clearly heard all of the great clarinetists from Leon Roppolo on down, and absorbed a bit from each of them. He had a beautiful dark tone that was pure New Orleans. Raymond Burke was one-of-a-kind. We're fortunate to have a wide selection of CDs featuring him, including his first recording (American Music AMCD-47), his great Southland sessions (GHB BCD-109), his great session with Kid Thomas (American Music AMCD-117), and several others.

This album was produced by Joe Mares, one of the legends in New Orleans music. He was the brother of cornetist Paul Mares, one of the first New Orleans musicians to bring jazz to Chicago with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Joe was designated to stay home and run the family business, a firm that purchased alligator skins and hides from trappers. He built a small recording studio in the shop and entertained his jazz friends when the day's work was done. He produced records for national companies, then started the Southland label; he ran it for thirty years and produced 41 albums before he sold the label to George Buck of GHB/Jazzology.

~ excerpt from liner notes by Paige Van Vorst


  • Tracks 1-4 Dec. 11, 1960 Cosmo Matassa's Recording Studio NOLA
  • Thomas Jefferson (tp,v)
  • Tommy Gonsoulin (tp)
  • Raymond Burke (clt)
  • Paul Crawford (trb)
  • Armand Hug (p)
  • Joe Capraro (g/bjo)
  • Chink Martin (b,mel)
  • Monk Hazel (d)
  • Tracks 5-11 Jul. 20, 1958 Dan's Pier NOLA
    except Tr-8 & 11 WDSU Studio
  • Mike Lala (tp)
  • Raymond Burke (clr)
  • Bob Havens (trb,vib)
  • Jeff Riddick (p)
  • Joe Capraro (g)
  • Sherwood Mangiapane (b,v)
  • Paul Edwards (d)
  • Tracks 12-14 May 5, 1958 WDSU Studio NOLA
  • Mike Lala (tp)
  • Raymond Burke (clr)
  • John Reininger (tn/clt)
  • Jack Delaney (trb,v)
  • Bob Discon (p,cel)
  • Joe Capraro (g)
  • Bob Coquile (b)
  • Paul Edwards (d)


  • Apple Blossom Time *
  • A Long Way to Tipperary *
  • City of a Million Dreams *
  • Vieux Carré Parade *
  • Bucket’s Got a Hole In It
  • Pagan Love Song
  • Rose Room
  • You Tell Me Your Dreams *
  • Pagan Love Song *
  • Rose Room *
  • Back Home Again In Indiana *
  • City Of A Million Dreams *
  • Bugle Call Rag *
  • (*) previously unissued


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