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E Flat Blues No. 2

Thomas Morris'
Past Jazz Masters


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Feat. Charlie Irvis


This side was recorded in New York City during February of 1923 featuring Thomas Morris and Unknown trumpet, Charlie Irvis trombone, Charles "Smitty" Smith piano, with Unknown alto saxophones, banjo, tuba, & drums.

*"E Flat Blues No. 2" is credited to Thomas Morris.

The primitive yet effective cornet style of Thomas Morris was typical of New York horn players prior to the rise of Louis Armstrong.

In regards to this "Past Jazz Masters" record, there are definitely two trumpets present (might the other be Bubber Miley?) and two saxes are heard at once in a couple of places, so this qualifies as a very early black big band production, and it is a very well arranged side, almost a precursor to early Ellington. I also hear a tuba (or brass bass) in spots. -Daniel Weinstein

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