Rex Stewart

Henderson Homecoming

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This live concert from 1958 by what was billed as "the Fletcher Henderson Alumni" and led by cornetist Rex Stewart should have been an artistic success, particularly since a similar group the previous year had recorded a classic studio album. Unfortunately, much of the music is extremely ragged, sloppily played, and under-rehearsed. There are some fine players on this concert (none of whom are identified on the LP), but relatively few ever played with Henderson. In addition, the repertoire (which only includes two Henderson songs) is particularly odd, with an irrelevant three-song ballad medley, a blues for singer Big Miller, and a forgettable side-long three-part "Georgia Sketches" co-written by Dick Cary and Stewart. The results are strange and rather disappointing, so it is not at all surprising that this music has never appeared on CD, and that there were no further "reunions."