Fletcher Henderson

Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra, Vol. 2: 1923-1925

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Unlike Vol. 1 of this two-LP series, 11 of these 14 selections actually feature the early Fletcher Henderson Orchestra (the other three titles have vocals by Edna Hicks and Viola McCoy). A bit of a hodgepodge (one track from 1925 has a cameo by Louis Armstrong), the music gives one a good overview of the often primitive but also (thanks to Don Redman's arrangements) occasionally futuristic music of Henderson in the early '20s.