More New Matches
Red Nichols (cornet) and Miff Mole (trombone) had the habit of recording acres of dullness, punctuated by some gems. Here are three pieces they recorded with Rollini in the summer-autumn of ’27.
Sugar – one of two pop tunes of the era with that title – was recorded in the October. It also features Tram and Pee Wee Russell.
The next track is from the August, a number from the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (ODJB) corpus. The Original Dixieland One-Step was on the flip side of the first jazz record ever released: the 1917 rattle-and-clang of the ODJB must have seemed antique to musical sophisticates such as Nichols, Mole and Rollini, but they give the number a rousing rendition, using a five man rhythm section – Rollini; Arthur (“The Baron”) Schutt on piano; Dick McDonough, banjo; Eddie Lang, guitar and Vic Berton on drums.
A more usual style from Nichols and Mole by 1927 was what Richard Sudhalter called Hot Jazz Chamber Music – intended for listening to rather than dancing to. Here’s a beauty from that stable: Imagination, recorded on the same occasion in August.
After hearing that, can anyone really believe that The Birth of the Cool came after WWII?
But still Rollini found new people to record with; here he joins Bix and Tram in Three Blind Mice, in August.
The tale of his eventful summer-autumn comes next.