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Album Review

On this LP trumpeter Red Allen is heard during two performances at Chicago's London House in 1961. Assisted by pianist Sammy Price (who is featured on James P. Johnson's "Snowy Morning Blues"), bassist Frank Skeet and drummer Jerry Potter, Allen is in excellent form. Although he sticks to Dixieland-oriented standards, his trumpet playing is surprisingly modern with many hints of advanced harmonies and surprising placements of notes. This LP is becoming difficult to find and has yet to surface on CD.

Biography

Born: 07 January 1908 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

One of the last great New Orleans trumpeters to emerge during the post-Louis Armstrong era, Henry "Red" Allen has long been overshadowed by Satch and his successors but actually had a fresh new approach of his own to offer. Allen sounded modern no matter what the setting and the rhythmic freedom he achieved made his solos consistently unpredictable and exciting. The son of Henry Allen, Sr. (a famous New Orleans brass band leader), he learned trumpet early on and played in his father's parade band...
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