California Ramblers

Volume One

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The California Ramblers was one of the finest dance bands of the 1920s, recording nearly a ton of selections, most of which are quite listenable (at least for fans of the era) and danceable. This collector's LP (which looks like a bootleg and fails to give much personnel or date information) has 16 fairly rare performances from the 1925-27 era. Cornetist Red Nichols, trombonist Tommy Dorsey and clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey are on a few of the earlier titles while most of the other selections have bass saxophonist Adrian Rollini and Bobby Davis (on clarinet and alto) as the most significant soloists. Until a more comprehensive reissue series comes along, this rare album is worth picking up (as is Vol. 2).