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Fletcher Henderson's five Decca sessions are reissued in full on this fine CD. The 1931 and 1934 big bands are showcased. While the former group (heard on eight numbers) features such soloists as trumpeters Bobby Stark and Rex Stewart, trombonist Benny Morton, and Coleman Hawkins on tenor, the later group showcases trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist Claude Jones, clarinetist Buster Bailey, and tenor Ben Webster; altoist Benny Carter has a guest appearance on "Liza." Highlights of these early swing performances include "Sugar Foot Stomp," "Singin' the Blues" (which has Rex Stewart paying tribute to Bix Beiderbecke), the atmospheric "Radio Rhythm," "Big John's Special," "Down South Camp Meetin'," and "Rug Cutter's Swing." Excellent music that proves that swing did not begin with Benny Goodman in 1935.
Born: December 18, 1897 in Cuthbert, GA
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s
Top Albums and Songs by Fletcher Henderson
||Sugarfoot Stomp||1924-1936||3:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wang Wang Blues||1924-1936||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wrappin' It Up||The Genius of Fletcher Henderson||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||King Porter Stomp||Ken Burns Jazz: Fletcher Henderson||2:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||King Porter Stomp||Wrappin' It Up!||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Moten Stomp (Moten Swing)||Sing You Sinners||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sing You Sinners||1924-1936||2:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Blue Lou||1924-1936||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hot & Anxious||Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (Music from the Televison Series)||3:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Christopher Columbus||1924-1936||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|