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Ross De Luxe Syncopators


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Feat. Earl Evans


Recorded in Savannah, Georgia on August 22nd 1927 with Melvin Herbert and Robert Mason trumpets, Eddie Cooper trombone, Edmond Hall clarinet, Robert Cloud alto sax, Earl Evans tenor sax, Alonzo Ross piano & leader, Casper Tower banjo, Richard Fulbright tuba, and Frank Houston drums.

*"Mary Bell" was composed by Caster Towie.

Based out of Miami, Florida the "Ross De Luxe Syncopators" led by pianist Alonzo Ross were a hot African-American dance orchestra. Among the band's better-known one time members were Cootie Williams and Edmond Hall in addition to famous saxophonist and composer Robert H. Cloud. In 1928 after playing a to week engagement at the Rosemont Ballroom in Brooklyn, New York the "Syncopators'" internal tensions would lead to their brake up scattering their talents to the wind.

Featured towards the end after the tuba/drum break almost the entire final minute of this record is appropriated by fills from the group's tenor saxophonist Earl Evans.

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