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Five Birmingham Babies: Deep Sea Blues

February 28, 2010

Five Birmingham Babies
Deep Sea Blues

Recorded in 1924

The Five Birmingham Babies were a small group from the California Ramblers, instantly recognizable by the unique bass sax of Adrian Rollini. No one has ever played that admittedly uncommon instrument better, and this particular recording tempts me to suggest that, in 1924, there was simply no better saxophone soloist in the world. We’ll soon have an opportunity to compare Coleman Hawkins playing at almost exactly the same time; Hawkins, of course, would grow into one of the half-dozen greatest jazz musicians of all time, whereas Rollini has probably already reached his peak as a soloist here.

This is another of those Perfect records that seem to have been pressed in dirty clay, so it’s a bit noisy. I’ve tried to reduce the noise a bit without dimming the sound of the music.


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