Henry Allen & His Orchestra

1935-1936

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The third of five Classics CDs that cover Red Allen's recordings of the 1930s has the contents of six complete sessions from a ten-month period. Allen (who has vocals on all but one of the 24 selections) is assisted by such classic players as trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, Cecil Scott (on tenor and clarinet), altoist Tab Smith and several strong rhythm sections. Among the more memorable swing performances are "On Treasure Island," "Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle," "Lost," "Algiers Stomp" and "I'll Sing You a Thousand Love songs." The fairly obscure recordings (cut during an era when the big bands really ruled) have long been underrated.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:12
2 2:55
3 2:57
4 3:13
5 2:53
6 3:04
7 3:13
8
3:00
9
2:57
10 3:05
11 2:35
12 2:41
13 3:01
14 3:02
15 2:46
16 2:38
17 3:02
18 2:57
19 3:07
20 2:52
21 3:11
22 2:46
23 2:42
24 2:55
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