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The Texas Blue Destroyers
The Texas Blue Destroyers, who were only trumpet player Bubber Miley and organist Alvin Ray, pulled some kind of con job back in 1924, and managed to record the same two songs for three different companies within a week or two of each other. This is a pretty sparse-sounding, unusual group of recordings, but Miley is playing well and the reed organ wheezing away adds a demented “Phantom of the Opera” feel to the songs.

ddd discography

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
Down In The Mouth Blues
(Bubber Miley / Alvin Ray )
9-1924 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle
036160
Perfect
14341
Lenox Avenue Shuffle
(Bubber Miley / Alvin Ray )
9-1924 New York, New York Pathe Actuelle
036160
Perfect
14341
Lenox Avenue Shuffle
(Bubber Miley / Alvin Ray )
10-2-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17065
Down In The Mouth Blues
(Bubber Miley / Alvin Ray )
10-2-1924 New York, New York Ajax
17065
Lenox Avenue Shuffle
(Bubber Miley / Alvin Ray )
10-7-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
A 14913
Down In The Mouth Blues
(Bubber Miley / Alvin Ray )
10-7-1924 New York, New York Vocalion
13834

The Texas Blue Destroyers

Artist Instrument
Bubber Miley Cornet
Alvin Ray Reed Organ

 

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