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Album Review

Considering the lineup of the quintet (trumpeter Red Allen, clarinetist Buster Bailey, trombonist Big Chief Russell Moore, pianist Willie "the Lion" Smith and drummer Arthur Trappier), this 1995 CD should be a gem that is easily recommended to Dixieland fans. Unfortunately, the performances during the live radio broadcasts are overly rambunctious, as Allen and his group play directly to the loud drunken audience; don't look for subtleties here. There are a few good moments (such as Red on "Love Is Just Around the Corner"), but most of the music (particularly Bailey's overly hyper solos) is below the standards of these musicians, with some corny humor and plenty of slapdash playing. Skip.

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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