I’d love to have this Gang in my neighborhood: paying tribute to Adrian Rollini, they make beauty, not violence. This session took place at the 2014 Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party, and the “New York Gang” evoked five classic recordings with connections to Rollini from 1928 to 1934. They were Frans Sjostrom, bass sax / leader; Morten Gunnar Larsen, piano; Jacob Ullberger, guitar; Nick Ball, drums; Duke Heitger, trumpet; Lars Frank, tenor saxophone; Kristoffer Kompen, trombone.
IF I HAD YOU (if memory serves, the 1928 arrangement from a Sam Lanin record featuring one Bing Crosby, vocal):
DAVENPORT BLUES by our man from that town:
SOMEBODY LOVES ME:
Such sessions have been the hallmarks of every Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party since before my time — my first was in 2009. Notice, please, the enchanting mix of expertise and casualness, while great recordings and great performers are evoked, more than imitated. It’s a wonderful party — now renamed the Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party — and this year’s version begins with a jam session by the Union Rhythm Kings, a glorious band, on November 5, and the party goes until November 8, or perhaps the early hours of November 9.
You’ll be more than satisfied.
May your happiness increase!