Red Nichols

Class of '39

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Although he had been an important name in the music world in the late '20s, by 1939 when Red Nichols went on the road with his own big band, the cornetist was largely forgotten. His orchestra did not have a strong personality of its own and none of its sidemen went on to prominence in later years. This LP from the Broadway Intermission label has radio airchecks from Nichols' 1939 Orchestra. Although not at all original (even some of its tunes such as "Sunrise Serenade" and "Moonlight Serenade" were other group's hits), the Nichols outfit was quite musical and the leader sounds in generally fine form. Swing collectors will be interested in this somewhat rare LP by Red Nichols' obscure big band.