1928-1937

1928-1937

by Miff MoleMiff Mole

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Overview

Less jaunty than Kid Ory and not as funky as Charlie Irvis, Miff Mole's trombone had a sound all its own. His calm, assertive presence transformed any ensemble, and the bands he led were usually dependable and solid. If you're not yet a devoted follower, this excellent package might grab you for keeps. The opening session features an inspired Frank Teschemacher, who really shines on "Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble." The rest of the material from 1928 is delightful, sounding a lot like fully arranged small band swing from the mid-'30s. The piano lineup is marvelous throughout: Joe Sullivan, Arthur Schutt, and Frank Signorelli, composer of "I'll Never Be The Same" and "A Blues Serenade." Tuba legend Joe Tarto anchors three different ensembles and sounds particularly comfortable behind the trombone solos. Because they wisely chose not to feature any vocalists on the 1928-1929 sides, the magical interaction between instrumentalists proceeds without interruption. We get a good taste of Jimmy Dorsey's clarinet while Matt Malneck saws away on a hot violin. Dick McDonough's guitar solo on "Playing the Blues" is dazzling. Eddie Lang, however, plays hardly audible straight rhythm guitar on the April 19, 1929, session, restraining himself while the horns bubble and smoke out front. "That's a Plenty" is a prime example of how hot these guys could blow, and Dorsey is joined by tenor man Babe Russin for a wild version of "After You've Gone." Those 14 hot sides are followed by a session from 1930. It's amazing how ensembles began to congeal and sweeten once the new decade (and the Great Depression) was on. Mole does some stuffy work with a mute and Scrappy Lambert's vocals are a bit fluffy, but the exciting presence of Adrian Rollini's bass saxophone is consoling, much as it was on the Venuti/Lang recordings from this same period. Luckily, we are given the option of skipping the vocal selections and choosing instrumental alternates, which were originally issued on Odeon instead of Okeh. These are as worthy as any of the other instrumental numbers included here. The material from 1937 is thicker and more heavily arranged, with vocals by Midge Williams, who could be charming, and Chick Bullock, who wasn't. This is an entirely different world from the earlier sides. The presence of Glenn Miller constitutes a manifestation of mainstream big band music ready at that point to seize the market. Mole sounds great once Bullock runs out of lyrics, and even six marginally appealing vocal episodes cannot detract from the simple majesty of this chronologically stacked retrospective. Mole deserves to be remembered and Classics is to be commended for having the gumption to issue his music in this manner.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517129826
catalogNumber: 1298

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Miff Mole   Primary Artist,Trombone
Eddie Condon   Banjo
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Red Nichols   Trumpet
Phil Napoleon   Trumpet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Adrian Rollini   Baritone Saxophone
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Frank Teschemacher   Clarinet
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Lennie Hayton   Piano
Stan King   Clarinet
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Fud Livingston   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Glenn Miller   Trombone
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Alto Saxophone
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Sid Weiss   Clarinet
Paul Ricci   Clarinet
Sam Weiss   Clarinet
Chick Bullock   Violin,Vocals
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Joe Tarto   Tuba,Tuba (Bass)
Midge Williams   Violin,Vocals
Matty Malneck   Violin
Leo McConville   Trumpet
Dudley Fosdick   Mellotron
Tony Tortomas   Trumpet
Ted Napoleon   Clarinet
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Violin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Reed   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Bert Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Charlie Beal   Composer
Roger Wolfe Kahn   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Harry Akst   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Lew Pollack   Composer
Sherman   Composer
Bob Causer   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Joseph McCarthy   Composer

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