Frank Trumbauer: San




The Mound City Blue Blowers


Tram, Volume 1 (TOM MB 107)

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Frankie Trumbauer (C-melody sax), Red McKenzie (comb),

Dick Slevin (kazoo), Jack Bland (banjo)


Recorded: Chicago, March 14, 1924


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Seven months after this session, Trumbauer would record for the first time with Bix Beiderbecke, but here he is the star of the show. Although not officially: Red Mackenzie, the bellhop turned comb player, served as the official leader of this band, which was known as the Mound City Blue Blowers. Trumbauer contributes basslines, countermelodies, and takes a supple stop-time chorus that puts the rest of the band to shame. His solo here was often studied and imitated in its day, one of the defining statements of the jazz saxophone vocabulary, circa 1924.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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