This is a lovely little arrangement which everybody enjoys. It is easy to imagine a little Negro boy ( or any coloured boy for that matter) skipping along and whistling this tune. As for the recorder playing, all the voices have their quite different say and solo - Yes, Sir! - a happy piece. (as a bass player, I do love to show off if the others let me!).
Philip Every's performance note says that Whistling Rufus
is described as a "Characteristic Two-Step" March", and much favoured by Traditional Jazz bands. He also stresses that the principal melodies should not be submerged by over-zealous support.
This version may be found in Consort With a Swing 2