Quite good!

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

Despite the alcohol-fueled messiness in the ensembles and a few times in the solos, Frank Trumbauer's 1946 Capitol records (which I'd never even heard OF before!) sound pretty good to me. They're especially lovely when Tram solos at slower tempi, as he does in "You Took Advantage of Me" and the opening of "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." where he sounds amazingly like the young Paul Desmond. But my favorite post-Bix Tram records are the sessions he did with Bing Crosby in Chicago in 1932, especially "Some of These Days" with Bing scatting his way through much of the song and great jazz solos by Tram, Eddie Lang and "mystery cornetist" Max Connett: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgzR4jINXF8

Posted on Jun 11, 2017, 10:25 AM

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