While his name sounds like a British ambassador, T. Alexander Hulbert is actually a saxophonist associated with the early days of rhythm and blues recording on the East Coast, sometimes playing alongside the much-better known Sam "The Man" Taylor. Fred Norman, an excellent arranger who had come up with the Claude Hopkins band in the '30s, was one of the bandleaders who made use of Hulbert when allowed to expand reed sections up to at least three pieces.
Vocalist Paula Watson was featured on some of these sessions, bringing life to ditties such as "Put a Little Bug in My Ear" -- never a popular number during tick season -- and "I Love to Ride," promoted with a huge mail-out of toy plastic cars to disc jockeys. Hulbert worked with a quite sophisticated crowd on these sessions, especially considering the trivial nature of the material -- some of which was ghostwritten by classic blues performer Irene Higginbotham in her Glenn Gibson persona. The rhythm section featured Milt Hinton on bass, pianist Don Abney, and drummer Rudy Traylor.