Various Artists

The Reed Album, Vol. 1

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The Meritt Record Society was a short-lived dream for collectors, releasing LPs filled with previously unheard alternate takes and "new" classic material mostly dating from the late '20s to the early '40s. For this collection the focus is on saxophonists and clarinets with 15 strong performances featuring Sidney Bechet, tenor Henry Bridges with Harlan Leonard's Rockets, Chu Berry, Benny Carter (on clarinet), Edmond Hall with Chick Bullock, Jimmy Hamilton and Johnny Hodges with Teddy Wilson, Coleman Hawkins with Buck Clayton, Don Redman, Tab Smith with the Mills Blue Rhythm Band and Ben Webster on two songs with Slim Gaillard.