[Trombone-l] your choice

Stan Brager sbrager at socal.rr.com
Mon Nov 14 10:06:34 CST 2005

Thanks for this Rosolino reference, George. I've often wondered why he took
his life with such an upbeat attitude which he displays in this
conversation. I saw him several times during the 50's when he was with
Kenton and also when he was playing with a pick-up band at the Pasadena
Civic Auditorium. He was always impressive and I found his solos easy to
listen to.

----- Original Message -----
From: "George Carr" <georgecarr at gmail.com>
To: "Scott Garlock" <sgarlock at ashland.edu>
Cc: "Stan Brager" <sbrager at socal.rr.com>; "List Trombone"
<TROMBONE-L at server5.samford.edu>
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 6:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Trombone-l] your choice

I have that LP (got it signed by Conte when I played with him a few
years ago), and it is spectacular.  Rumor has it that there was
another LP, and maybe even a TV special, made during that same trip to
Italy; if anyone knows where to find it/them, I'd love to hear about

Rosolino spent a lot of time fighting anti-Italian bias in his early
days; there are lots of discographies where he's listed under other
names, like Frank Ross and Francis Ross, and nicknames, like the Lemon
Drop Kid.  He talks about the early days at length in this 1973
interview, if you're interested:


On 11/14/05, Scott Garlock <sgarlock at ashland.edu> wrote:
> You might also want to check out the LP Conversation that Ros did w/
> Conte Condoli. On the title track, Ros and Condoli do rather a lot of
> scatting-just searing stuff. It's really striking how closely their
> scatting resembles their playing.
> The Lemon Drop Kid, as Rosolino was called did a lot of commercial
> and big band singing in his pre-Kenton days.
> On Nov 13, 2005, at 8:28 PM, George Carr wrote:
> > He sang a track or two on each of his solo albums: check out this
> > guy's list for good examples:
> > http://tinyurl.com/b5yeq (amazon.com)
> >
> > Also, the Bethlehem box set of Porgy and Bess (in which Frank sings
> > and is in the cast, plus plays in the backing band) has finally been
> > re-issued on CD; definitely worth picking up.  He turns a minor
> > Gershwin gem ("It Takes a Long Pull to Get There") into an
> > unforgettable piece.
> >
> > George
> >
> > On 11/13/05, Stan Brager <sbrager at socal.rr.com> wrote:
> >> Jeez, where have I been? I've never heard Rosolino sing - all he
> >> did was
> >> play the tastiest and the swingingest jazz in any band he was in.
> >>
> >> Stan

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