2835Re: [RedHotJazz] Mike Mosiello was Thomas Mitchell Cornets etc.
- Jun 14, 2006on 14/6/06 7:20, David Brown at johnhaleysims@... wrote:
> Where is some Mosiello, of whom I have never heard ?Mike Mosiello presents intractable problems for the researcher. Most
identifications are based on an interview with Andy Sanella conducted on
Brian Rust's behalf in 1962. The expectation that anyone would remember
details of pick-up dates of the kind that the Grey Gull house band did after
30 years is truly bizarre. Unfortunately Brian was pre-disposed to believe
him because of his ongoing embarrassment over the issue of Memphis Jazzers
sides under King Oliver's name in the 40s, for which he was apparently
responsible (though no one would know if he didn't insist on apologizing for
I feel particularly sour about this because I fell head first into the much
worse trap consequently set and attributed the playing on 'In Harlem's
Araby' to him in my Grove entry on Mosiello. I was hearing what I expected
to hear and should have known better. Attributing the playing to Oliver was
much less silly than attributing it to Mosiello.
Mosiello was born in Italy in July 1896 and died in Neptune, NJ on 6 June
1953. He is undoubtedly to be heard on a good many Grey Gull recordings.
Laurens Hertzdahl in his notes to the Grey Gull CD reckons that he is very
easily identifiable. He was later known as Michael Mells and apparently
worked for Mal Hallett. He is a hot-dance player.
You're right, David, that I cannot resist commenting on the Nashville
Jazzers. I am pretty convinced the clarinet is Bob Fuller, near the top of
his considerable form, on take -B especially. The trumpeter seems to display
Morris's characteristic quacking tone at times, but you will gather from
this that my neck is definitely not extended on this one!
Howard Rye, 20 Coppermill Lane, London, England, E17 7HB
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