1937-1938

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Adrian Rollini was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920s. Although he could play several instruments, he gained fame for being the king of the bass saxophone. His playing, which influenced baritonist Harry Carney and to a lesser extent tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, was virtuosic. Although he sometimes functioned as a tuba or string bass in the ensembles, Rollini's solos were heated and full of creative ideas and wit. However by the early '30s, the bass sax was on its way to near-extinction. Rollini began doubling on the vibraphone, where his only real competitor was Lionel Hampton who did not really get going on records until 1936, and he ran a club, Adrian's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Adrian Rollini was one of the great jazz musicians of the 1920s. Although he could play several instruments, he gained fame for being the king of the bass saxophone. His playing, which influenced baritonist Harry Carney and to a lesser extent tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, was virtuosic. Although he sometimes functioned as a tuba or string bass in the ensembles, Rollini's solos were heated and full of creative ideas and wit. However by the early '30s, the bass sax was on its way to near-extinction. Rollini began doubling on the vibraphone, where his only real competitor was Lionel Hampton who did not really get going on records until 1936, and he ran a club, Adrian's Tap Room. Although not gaining much attention during the 1930s, Rollini stayed active and recorded occasionally until he disappeared in 1940. He later turned up in Florida, running a fishing camp and just playing music now and then up until his mysterious death in 1956. 1937-1938 has five record dates led by Rollini, his last recordings other than a dozen trio sides from 1938-1939 that feature his vibes-guitar-bass group. The music, which includes a few commercial dance band ballad numbers, also has its moments of hot jazz. Rollini teams up with the exciting trumpeter Jonah Jones and the fine clarinetist Sid Stoneburn on four septet numbers that were unissued at the time. While Red McKenzie's two vocals are just okay and this version of "I Cried for You" is a disappointment, "Bugle Call Rag" and "Old Fashioned Love" receive fine treatments. The same key players other than McKenzie are part of a larger group heard on five numbers, including two versions of "Slap That Bass." An intriguing octet on which Rollini is joined by trumpeter Johnny McGhee who hints at Bix Beiderbecke in spots, clarinetist Paul Ricci, violinist Al Duffy, and drummer Buddy Rich at the beginning of his jazz career romp on "Bill" and accompany singer Pat Hoke on two songs, including "Singin' the Blues." While Rollini is mostly heard on bass sax during those selections, the numbers are his final appearances on the giant horn. The last two sessions have Rollini on vibes and xylophone, where he had less personality but was a fluent player. A quintet with cornetist Bobby Hackett and Buddy Rich is joined by singer Sonny Schuyler for five songs including a version of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen" cut just a few months after the Andrews Sisters' hit record and finally for four numbers performed by a vocal group called the Tune Twisters plus two alternate takes. Hackett keeps the music interesting. Although not essential, this valuable CD contains rare sessions and reminds one of the significance of the great Adrian Rollini, even late in his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917904628
  • Catalog Number: 79046
  • Sales rank: 254,886

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bugle Call Rag - Adrian Rollini & the Gang (2:58)
  2. 2 I Cried for You - Adrian Rollini & the Gang (2:41)
  3. 3 The Trouble with Me Is You - Adrian Rollini & the Gang (2:32)
  4. 4 Old Fashioned Love - Adrian Rollini & the Gang (2:38)
  5. 5 I Don't Know If I'm Comin' or Goin' - The Orchestra (2:57)
  6. 6 Slap That Bass - The Orchestra (2:45)
  7. 7 Slap That Bass - The Orchestra (2:48)
  8. 8 The Love Bug Will Bite You - The Orchestra (2:50)
  9. 9 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - The Orchestra (2:44)
  10. 10 Bill - The Orchestra (2:56)
  11. 11 Singin' the Blues - The Orchestra (3:04)
  12. 12 The Sweetest Story Ever Told - The Orchestra (2:55)
  13. 13 Bei Mir Bist du Schön (3:12)
  14. 14 Josephine (2:50)
  15. 15 You're a Sweetheart (2:36)
  16. 16 True Confession (2:38)
  17. 17 I've Hitched My Wagon to a Star (2:36)
  18. 18 (How to Make Love In) Ten Easy Lessons (2:54)
  19. 19 Small Fry (2:51)
  20. 20 Small Fry (2:50)
  21. 21 I Wish I Had You (2:33)
  22. 22 I Wish I Had You (2:36)
  23. 23 On the Bumpy Road to Love (2:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Adrian Rollini Primary Artist, Bass Saxophone, Xylophone, Double Bass, Vibes, Track Performer
Bobby Hackett Clarinet, Cornet, Track Performer
Jonah Jones Trombone, Trumpet, Track Performer
Buddy Rich Drums
Red McKenzie Violin, Track Performer
Johnny McGhee Trumpet, Track Performer
Paul Ricci Clarinet
Dick McDonough Guitar, Track Performer
Jack Russin Piano, Track Performer
Fulton McGrath Piano, Track Performer
Sid Stoneburn Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Frank Victor Guitar, Track Performer
Al Sidell Violin, Drums, Track Performer
Al Duffy Violin, Track Performer
Harry Clark Track Performer, String Bass
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Claude Thornhill Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bud Green Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Dick Sudhalter Liner Notes
John R.T. Davies Mastering, Original Material
Pinky Tomlin Composer
J. Russel Robinson Composer
Harry Coster Original Material
Sam Coslow Composer
Frederick Hollander Composer
Michael Brooks Original Material
Marcel van den Broek Cover Design
Lee Wainer Composer
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