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Texas University Troubadours
Feat. Jay "Bird" Thomas
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas on June 9th 1930 featuring Tom A Howell cornet, Lee Howell trombone, Steve Gardner clarinet, Fred Gardner clarinet, tenor sax, & director, Chester Skeekatz clarinet & alto sax, Tom Donahue piano, Bill Lewis banjo, John Gardner bass brass, and Jay "Bird" Thomas drums & vocals.
*"Daniel's Blues" was composed by Tom Donahue.
On this 1930 Okeh pressing the percussionist for "Fred Gardner's Texas University Troubadours", Jay "Bird" Thomas provides some fantastic slow blues singing that's reminiscent of Jack Teagarden.
Although this was in no way a 'breakthrough' recording by any means the reed work displayed by Fred Gardner and his assembly is quite exceptional at points and does utilize jazz innovations made, to date. Performing more or less in a Chicago style in which each musicians takes a solo one after the next, there is also some magnificent ensemble playing at record's end.
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