1925-1927

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The University Six were a small group comprised of members of the California Ramblers, a popular big band that only seems to have existed in the recording studios. The star of the University Six was usually Adrian Rollini, who was the greatest bass saxophonist of all time, an easy position for him to have since the instrument was otherwise largely extinct by the early '30s. This double CD starts off with four numbers from the Little Ramblers, selections that feature Rollini on a toy saxophone called a goofus that can make some odd sounds along with more conventional tones. The selections have a novelty feel to them despite including some worthwhile moments from trumpeter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The University Six were a small group comprised of members of the California Ramblers, a popular big band that only seems to have existed in the recording studios. The star of the University Six was usually Adrian Rollini, who was the greatest bass saxophonist of all time, an easy position for him to have since the instrument was otherwise largely extinct by the early '30s. This double CD starts off with four numbers from the Little Ramblers, selections that feature Rollini on a toy saxophone called a goofus that can make some odd sounds along with more conventional tones. The selections have a novelty feel to them despite including some worthwhile moments from trumpeter Bill Moore. The remainder of the reissue has all of the University Six recordings dating from September 18, 1925, to September 22, 1926. There would be 22 later selections, but those have Spencer Clark on bass sax. Rollini is on all but two of the 44 numbers on this set and, even on the selections where he does not solo, he is heard constantly pushing the ensembles and soloists. His bass sax substitutes for an absent string bass, so he is heard constantly throughout these performances. Of the other players, trombonist Abe Lincoln, trumpeter Chelsea Quealey, and especially altoist/clarinetist Bobby Davis fare quite well, although Rollini usually gets the honors. The music is very much of the period, with plenty of throwaway vocals (often by Arthur Fields), and it strikes a balance between commercial dance music and the jazz mainstream of the period.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917904727
  • Catalog Number: 79047
  • Sales rank: 222,574

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Them Rambling Blues - Little Ramblers (3:20)
  2. 2 Arkansas Blues - Little Ramblers (2:45)
  3. 3 Tessie (Stop Teasing Me) - Little Ramblers (3:09)
  4. 4 Hard Hearted Hannah - Little Ramblers (2:48)
  5. 5 Desdemona (3:20)
  6. 6 The Camel Walk (3:13)
  7. 7 She Was Just a Sailor's Sweetheart (3:25)
  8. 8 Fallin' Down (3:09)
  9. 9 Smile a Little Bit (2:58)
  10. 10 Then I'll Be Happy (3:11)
  11. 11 In Your Green Hat (3:16)
  12. 12 Dustin' the Donkey (3:07)
  13. 13 I Love My Baby (3:11)
  14. 14 Georgianna (3:06)
  15. 15 What a Man! (2:45)
  16. 16 Sittin' Around (2:49)
  17. 17 Tiger Rag (2:57)
  18. 18 San (3:00)
  19. 19 Ace in the Hole (2:53)
  20. 20 St. Louis Hop (3:09)
  21. 21 Oh! If I Only Had You (2:52)
  22. 22 I Ain't Got Nobody (2:47)
  23. 23 That's a Good Girl (2:54)
  24. 24 Give Me a Ukulele (3:03)
  25. 25 Wait'll You See (My Brand New Mama) (2:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 My Baby Knows How (2:45)
  2. 2 It Takes a Good Woman (To Keep a Good Man at Home) (3:04)
  3. 3 Lonely Eyes (2:53)
  4. 4 I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (2:55)
  5. 5 Beale St. Blues (2:52)
  6. 6 Nobody But My Baby (Is Getting My Love) (2:50)
  7. 7 Oh Lizzie (2:56)
  8. 8 The Cat (3:19)
  9. 9 It's O.K. Katy with Me (3:01)
  10. 10 So Long Pal (2:54)
  11. 11 Rosy Cheeks (2:51)
  12. 12 Yes She Do, No She Don't (2:45)
  13. 13 Slow River (2:54)
  14. 14 She's Got "It" (3:09)
  15. 15 Lazy Weather (2:50)
  16. 16 Bless Her Little Heart (3:06)
  17. 17 Ain't That a Grand and Glorious Feeling? (3:06)
  18. 18 Roam on My Little Gypsy Sweetheart (3:22)
  19. 19 Pastafazoola (3:24)
  20. 20 Swanee Shore (3:00)
  21. 21 Who's Knockin' at My Door? (3:12)
  22. 22 Oh Doris! Where Do You Live? (3:03)
  23. 23 Zulu Wail (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The University Six Primary Artist
Adrian Rollini Goofus, Kazoo, Bass Saxophone, Xylophone
Spencer Clark Bass Saxophone
Bobby Davis Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Tommy Fellini Banjo
Stan King Drums
Abe Lincoln Trombone
Hal White Violin, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Carl Loeffler Trombone
Chelsea Quealey Trumpet
Sam Ruby Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Hall Violin, Vocals
Ed Kirkeby Violin, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Irving Brodsky Piano
Arthur Fields Violin, Vocals
George Troup Trombone
Ray Kitchingman Banjo
Roy Johnston Trumpet
Bill Moore Trumpet
Bill Moore Lucky Seven Band Trumpet
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Armand Piron Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Howdy Quicksell Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Dick Sudhalter Liner Notes
Irving Brodsky Arranger
John R.T. Davies Original Material
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Paul Denniker Composer
Tony James Shevlin Composer
Louis Panico Composer
Marcel van den Broek Cover Design
George Waggner Composer
Bill Moore Composer
Zan Sabini Composer
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