Walter Roesner's band

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

Interesting band short by Walter Roesner's band in 1928, featuring Jimmy Dorsey, Miff Mole, Jimmy Lytell (a great, underrated clarinet player) and Leo McConville (a surprisingly good hot player for someone whose main reputation was just as a section man). Alas, the YouTube post is in the wrong aspect ratio, making everyone look shorter and squatter than they should, but Dorsey is still easily recognizable and it's a real treat to have footage of Mole (who, like Teagarden, plays very "close to the vest" trombone and avoids the farthest-out slide positions) and Lytell in or close to their primes. I also like the sound of the drummer tearing paper behind Lou Bring's vocal on "Dinah." A link to this was posted in the Forum not long ago but it was fun tracking this down and actually seeing video from the period instead of just the usual YouTube presentation of records of this vintage with quickly thrown-together video portions.

Posted on Feb 9, 2018, 9:20 PM

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