8/13/16

The Little Ramblers

The original Little Ramblers of the 1920s was a New York-based studio band that gathered musicians such as Red Nichols, Adrian Rollini, and Tommy Dorsey to record Chicago-style small band jazz. In 1935, multi-instrumentalist Adrian Rollini reused the band name for three Bluebird recording sessions with his Tap Room Gang (who normally recorded for Victor). All songs with this edition of the Little Ramblers have been reissued on two French RCA Victor LPs, 'Adrian Rollini and His Friends, Vols. 1 & 2', that also include several other rare, Rollini-centered small group recordings. The music is delightful and both LPs are highly recommended. Vol. 1 is digitally available (in dubious quality), but not Vol. 2.

Discographical data, taken from the LP liner notes:

The Little Ramblers: Chris Griffin (tp) unknown (possibly Mike Michaels) (tb) Sid Stoneburn (cl) Adrian Rollini (p) unknown (possibly Carmen Mastren) (g) unknown (possibly Sid Weiss) (b) unknown (possibly Sammy Weiss) (d) Fred McElmurry (vcl)

New York, July 31, 1935
92795-1    Cotton (fm vcl)                                        Bluebird B-6045
92796-1    Streamlined Gretna Green (fm vcl)      Bluebird B-6043

LP Source: Albert Rollini and His Friends Featuring Albert Nicholas, Vol. 2 (1935-36) "Truckin' At The Tap Room" (RCA Victor FXM1 7108)





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