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Rhapsody in Rhythm

The McAlpineers


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Feat. Fred Van Eps Jr.


Recorded in New York City on March 31st 1928 featuring Fred Van Eps Jr and Cliff Weston trumpets, Reg Harrington trombone, Pete Pumiglio and Harold Marcus, clarinet & alto sax, Sam Ruby tenor sax, Joe LaFaro violin, Chauncey Gray piano, Tommy Felline banjo, Spencer Clark bass sax, and Herb Weil drums.

*"Rhapsody in Rhythm" was composed by Frankie Ward.

"The McAlpineers" was one of the rarer pseudonyms used for the "California Ramblers".

At the time of this recording the core of the band consisting of Bobby Davis, Chelsea Quealey, and Adrian Rollini were in London, England performing as the guests of pianist and bandleader Federico Elizalde.

With their star musicians out of the country the band sounds quite different here. Quealey is replaced with two trumpets, and they finally added a trombone but it seems like it might take a bit more than just two reed-men to fill the great Bobby Davis' shoes.

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