Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Henry "Red" Allen - World on a String

A true classic, this release finds trumpeter Red Allen at the peak of his creative powers with a remarkable octet also featuring trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, clarinetist Buster Bailey, and the great tenor Coleman Hawkins. "I Cover the Waterfront" has a wonderfully abstract statement from Allen, "Love Is Just Around the Corner" is joyous Dixieland, "Let Me Miss You, Baby" is a particularly strong blues (featuring Allen's vocal), and the simple blues line that serves as a melody on "Algiers Bounce" is quite catchy. The other seven selections from the classic veterans are also quite enjoyable. Although the music has its basis in Dixieland and swing, the solos of Allen and Hawkins in particular look ahead toward the future. There is nothing dated about these essential performances ; highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

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Henry "Red" Allen
World on a String


1 Love Is Just Around the Corner (Gensler, Robin)  5:49
2 Let Me Miss You (Allen, Russell)  5:31
3 Ride, Red, Ride (Millinder, Mills)  4:40
4 I Cover the Waterfront (Green, Heyman)  8:25
5 'S Wonderful (Gershwin, Gershwin)  5:29
6 St. James Infirmary (Mills, Primrose, Trad.)  3:45
7 Algiers Bounce (Allen)  6:48
8 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  5:13
9 I've Got the World on a String (Arlen, Koehler)  5:36
10 Ain't She Sweet (Ager, Yellen)  4:08
11 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  5:34


Henry "Red" Allen - tp & vc
J. C. Higginbotham - tb
Buster Bailey - cl
Coleman Hawkins - ts
Marty Napoleon - p
Everett Barksdale - g
Lloyd Trotman - b
Cozy Cole - dr

Recorded in New York City ; March 21, 1957


Melanchthon said...

Bill said...

Thank you for all

Doug said...

Looks very good.Thanks.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

cucci marino said...

Excited to listen to this. Thank you.

stringbender said...

This looks very interesting. Thanks so much.

jm said...

Thank you, Melanchthon, for helping me rediscover valuable elements of that "In Hi-Fi" world to which I turned as a eyes-open adolescent. Red Allen never quite grabbed me, but J. C. Higginbotham did. And, of course, I subsequently set aside that whole part of the world of music, and became insistently sophisticated rather than engaged. And so...

lucky5 said...

Many thanks, Mel.
My CD had only 9 tracks :)

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel, will give a try on it

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You