Henry "Red" Allen

1933-1935

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The second of five CDs put out by the European Classics label that document trumpeter Red Allen's 1929-41 recordings has three titles from a session co-led with tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, eight songs from 1934 and a dozen from the following year. Allen takes vocals on most of the tracks and, even if not all of the songs are gems, there are many highlights including "Pardon My Southern Accent," "Rug Cutter Swing," "Believe It, Beloved," "Rosetta" and "Truckin'." The strong supporting cast includes trombonists Dickie Wells and J.C. Higginbotham, clarinetists Buster Bailey and Cecil Scott and, on one date, tenorman Chu Berry. All five of the Red Allen Classics CDs are recommended.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:00
2 3:03
3 3:03
4 2:45
5 2:56
6 3:03
7 2:45
8 2:47
9 3:03
10 2:43
11 2:53
12 3:08
13 3:08
14 2:53
15 2:45
16 3:08
17 3:07
18 2:58
19 2:45
20 2:39
21 2:49
22 2:41
23 2:50
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