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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Saturday Night Rico - May 30

Enrico Tomasso (trumpet/vocal); Keith Nichols (piano/banjo/double bass).

I met Rico's dad and his uncle before even Rico had met them! Well, I didn't actually meet them but I heard them playing clarinet and trumpet respectively with Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight on the radio when I was still a schoolboy which was some years before Rico was born. It was a good band playing arranged Dixieland in the manner of Bob Crosby's Bobcats as well as doing the pop tunes of the day. I wonder if Rico ever played with the band in later years?*

I'm in retro mood - must snap out of it!



Usual format - almost ... Maori, a tune new to me, with Rico blowing over Keith Nichols' recorded backing. A few words about various trumpet mutes. No One Else But You with a name check to Patti and, of course, some ale. Tonight's brew was served up in a pewter tankard (or maybe it was silver?) which, our man said he'd won playing snooker - are there no limits to his talents?

Thanks a Million, what a great tune! I've played Louis Armstrong's big band version many times - it's on a well worn piece of vinyl I have called Swing That Music, but this was the first time I'd heard Rico playing and singing it. As well as piano, Keith added banjo and double bass making this, in effect, a virtual quartet.

Back in February 1936, Nat Gonella recorded Tiger Rag over two sides of a 78 but Nat only played on the A side leaving the B side to the rhythm section. The idea being a forerunner of the Music Minus One series enabling the embryo player to blow over a pro accompaniment which in this case was Cecil Norman (piano); Albert Harris (guitar); Dick Escott (bass) and Jock Jacobson (drums). Rico duly did just that but, did Keith Nichols burst through in the middle? The volume changed which suggested he may have. Whatever, it was an interesting and different way to close.
Lance
* Rico confirmed that he did play with the band many years later long after his dad had passed.

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