Henry "Red" Allen

Henry Red Allen Quartet "Live"

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On this LP trumpeter Red Allen is heard during two performances at Chicago's London House in 1961. Assisted by pianist Sammy Price (who is featured on James P. Johnson's "Snowy Morning Blues"), bassist Frank Skeet and drummer Jerry Potter, Allen is in excellent form. Although he sticks to Dixieland-oriented standards, his trumpet playing is surprisingly modern with many hints of advanced harmonies and surprising placements of notes. This LP is becoming difficult to find and has yet to surface on CD.