Preacher Rollo

Preacher Rollo and His Saints

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"Preacher" Rollo Laylan was a fine drummer who led Dixieland bands in the Midwest in the 1950s. The 1951 date is an estimate for this CD that contains radio transcriptions from the era. Preacher Rollo is heard leading a tight sextet that includes the great clarinetist Tony Parenti, the obscure but talented cornetist Tommy Justice, plus trombonist Jerry Gorman, pianist Marie Marcus, and bassist Al Matucci. They perform Dixieland and swing standards (including "Ostrich Walk," "Wolverine Blues," and "Stumbling"), plus a few offbeat pieces such as "Dangerous Blues," "Charley My Boy," "Spagotti Rag," and "Grace and Beauty." Solid music, played with spirit.

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