Red Nichols

1925-1927 [Classics]

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

This anthology collects sides released between 1925 and 1927 by Red Nichols under the usual assortment of monikers, including, this time around, Lanin's Red Heads, the Hottentots, Red & Miff's Stompers, and Red Nichols & His 5 Pennies. These combos usually included longtime associates Miff Mole on trombone and Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet and alto sax. As a cornet player, Nichols often gets dismissed as a version of Bix Beiderbecke lite, an assessment that isn't exactly fair, and he tackles Beiderbecke's own "Davenport Blues" here in his own easy style, showing allegiance more than competition. Other highlights here include the stripped-down "Jimtown Blues" and the intricate "Boneyard Shuffle." Nichols tackled more innovative and complicated arrangements a couple of years down the road from these recordings, and while this might not be the place to start to sample Nichols' massive 1920s output (he is rumored to have appeared on over 4,000 recordings during that decade alone), it is nonetheless a warm, bright, and pleasant listen.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Red Nichols feat: Lanin's Red Heads 03:11 Amazon
2 Red Nichols feat: Lanin's Red Heads 03:10 Amazon
3 Red Nichols feat: Lanin's Red Heads 02:57 Amazon
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Red Nichols feat: Lanin's Red Heads 03:08 Amazon
5 Red Nichols feat: Lanin's Red Heads 03:23 Amazon
6 Red Nichols feat: Lanin's Red Heads 03:13 Amazon
7 Red Nichols feat: The Hottentots 03:02 Amazon
8 Red Nichols feat: The Hottentots 02:56 Amazon
9 Red Nichols feat: The Hottentots 02:38 Amazon
10 Red Nichols feat: The Hottentots 02:52 Amazon
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Red Nichols feat: The Hottentots 02:42 Amazon
12 Red Nichols feat: Red & Miff's Stompers 03:50 Amazon
13 Red Nichols feat: Red & Miff's Stompers 04:41 Amazon
14 Red Nichols feat: Red & Miff's Stompers 04:31 Amazon
15 Red Nichols feat: Red & Miff's Stompers 03:52 Amazon
16 Red Nichols feat: Red Nichols & His Five Pennies 03:08 Amazon
17 Red Nichols feat: Red Nichols & His Five Pennies 02:45 Amazon
18 Red Nichols feat: Red Nichols & His Five Pennies 02:53 Amazon
19 Red Nichols feat: Red Nichols & His Five Pennies 03:12 Amazon
20 Red Nichols feat: Red Nichols & His Five Pennies 02:57 Amazon
21 Red Nichols feat: Red Nichols & His Five Pennies 02:59 Amazon
22 Red Nichols feat: Red & Miff's Stompers 03:06 Amazon
23 Red Nichols feat: Red & Miff's Stompers 03:02 Amazon
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