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The Goofus Five was a small group taken out of The California Ramblers. Its top soloist was Adrian Rollini, the master of the bass saxophonist who doubled on a small keyboard called the goofus. All of their recordings from a one-year period are included on this Timeless CD which also features fine solo and ensemblework from trumpeter Chelsea Quealey, trombonist Abe Lincoln, tenorman Sam Ruby and Bobby Davis on clarinet, alto and soprano. The 24 selections range from Dixielandish instrumentals to pop vocals with all of the music falling in the genre of hot dance music. Collectors of 1920s music should not hesitate to get this one.


Formed: 1924

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s

In 1924 Ed Kirkeby, the manager of the California Ramblers, decided to form a small group taken from the larger orchestra to play novelties and hotter jazz numbers. At first known as the Little Ramblers on its Columbia recordings, the quintet (comprised of trumpeter Bill Moore, Adrian Rollini on a goofus, pianist Irving Brodsky, banjoist Ray Kitchingman who was soon replaced by Tommy Felline, and Stan King on drums and kazoo) also recorded for Pathe as the Five Birmingham Babies and, most prolifically,...
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