Miff Mole

Miff Mole and His "World Jam Session" Band - 1944

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All of the music that trombonist Miff Mole recorded for the World Broadcasting System on Feb. 9, 1944 is on this album. The performances were made for use as radio transcriptions (since a Musicians Union recording strike was in force). Mole, the rarely heard trumpeter Sterling Bose, clarinetist Pee Wee Russell, rhythm guitarist Eddie Condon, pianist Gene Schroeder, bassist Bob Casey and drummer Joe Grauso perform ten Dixieland-oriented songs in all. In addition to the master takes, one hears eight false starts, three incomplete takes and two alternate versions -- obviously, not all of the extracts are essential (the false starts should not have been issued). Best are Mole's classic version of "Peg O' My Heart" (which only took one version to perfect), "At the Jazz Band Ball," and "I Would Do Anything for You." Mole sounds fine although his original style of the 1920s had been replaced by a more derivative Jack Teagarden-influenced approach.