Miff Mole

The Immortal Miff Mole

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Although one of the top trombonists of the 1920s and a busy studio musician during the next decade, Miff Mole was largely forgotten by the time he recorded this final effort. Despite being in declining health (he died two years later), Mole sounds fine on the Dixieland set, which includes such tunes as "Fidgety Feet," "For Me and My Gal," "Wolverine Blues" and "Who's Sorry Now." Featured are pianist Frank Signorelli, bassist Jack Lesberg, drummer Chauncey Morehouse, either Jack Palmer or Lee Castle on trumpet and Joe Dixon or Jimmy Lytell on clarinet. A special highlight of the LP (not yet reissued on CD) is "Miffology," a very spontaneous six-minute blues in which the musicians did not realize they were being recorded; they were delighted when the truth became known. Worth searching for by Dixieland fans.

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