On Adrian Rollini’s return to New York he easily got a succession of dance band jobs and recorded with some fine studio groups. Here are three of my favourite hot jazz records of the period. Let’s start with Rube Bloom and his Bayou Boys playing merry hell with Mr Bloom’s composition The Man from the South, on 16/01/1930.
There you had Manny Klein on trumpet, Tommy Dorsey on trombone, Benny Goodman on clarinet, Rube Bloom on piano and Stan King on drums. Note how technical advances mean that you can hear the drums far more clearly than you could hear Mr King’s efforts on the California Ramblers tracks.
On 09/04/1930 they recorded Mysterious Mose, with guitar and banjo added, Goodman giving his alto sax a rare outing, and with Babe Russin on tenor sax.
On 24/05/1930 Jack Purvis replaces Klein on trumpet, and we know the identity of the guitarist – Dick McDonough. Rollini also gives his goofus an airing. Here they are with There’s a Wah-Wah Girl in Agua Caliente.
If that lot hasn’t got you capering around the room I maun doot whether ye have a pulse.