Red Nichols

Featuring Benny Goodman 1929-1931

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This Sunbeam album has 16 of the hotter performances by Red Nichols and his Five Pennies from the 1929-31 period; only the four earliest numbers were on Swaggie's "complete" five-LP series. The young clarinetist Benny Goodman is a major asset during these advanced Dixieland sides but there are also fine solos by the cornetist/leader, trombonists Miff Mole and Jack Teagarden and Dudley Fosdick on mellophone (he was really in a class by himself in the late '20s) while Gene Krupa's drumming is quite prominent on some tunes. Vocals are taken by Scrappy Lambert, Harold Arlen and Wingy Manone but the emphasis is on the fine instrumentalists. Worth searching for.