Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fred Gardner's Texas territory band

Some of the hottest recorded jazz from the 1920s and 30s comes from so-called 'territory bands', groups based in areas outside the major centres like New York and Chicago. Territory bands are especially exciting for the jazz fan because they are far less familiar than the 'name' bands like those led by Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington, and therefore offer a range of delightful surprises. Here's a group I've recently enjoyed immensely - Fred Gardner's Texas University Troubadours. The cornet solos are appealingly Bixian.

No Trumps (really Darktown Strutters' Ball):

Daniel's Blues:

Papa's Gone:

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