Rollini considered turning toward the instrument of his youth: hear him on the xylophone here (along with his bass sax ): Lazy Weather, recorded 25/05/27 with the University Six.
But “towards” not “to”: what he did was take up the vibraharp/vibraphone i.e. the “vibes”, the first leading jazzman to do so on any scale. Here he is in 1948 – we actually get to see him – playing some pretty jazz (reminding me of the later MJQ) on vibes and chimes/tubular bells. It’s the Adrian Rollini Trio playing The Girl With The Light Blue Hair.
But he could also incorporate vibes into a bigger hot group: here he is swinging madly on 18/01/38 with Buddy Rich and Bobby Hackett on “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön”
We’ve already had youtubes that included his piano playing; I’d like also to show you youtubes of his playing his other instruments – marimba, celeste, drums – if I could find some. But that would take us away from his Odd Sax. And anyway, he was no longer quite a leading jazzman: first Red Norvo then Lionel Hampton became the vibes king. So we’ll bid him farewell with a last bass sax track, accompanying an even odder instrument, in a splendid example of NY jazz of 1930 – Accordion Joe ….. warble, cavort, yippee!!