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Recent reissue covering music from the early '40s by Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, arguably the most influential white small jazz combo in the '20s and '30s; by the time of these tracks, however, Nichols was losing some steam and impact.

Biography

Born: 08 May 1905 in Ogden, UT

Genre: Jazz

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

Overrated in Europe in the early '30s when his records (but not those of his black contemporaries) were widely available and then later underrated and often unfairly called a Bix imitator, Red Nichols was actually one of the finest cornetists to emerge from the '20s. An expert improviser whose emotional depth did not reach as deep as Bix or Louis Armstrong, Nichols was in many ways a hustler, participating in as many recording sessions (often under pseudonyms) as any other horn player of the era,...
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