In March and October 1949, cornetist Red Nichols made a series of recordings with trombonist Kingsley Jackson, clarinetist Reuel Lynch, bass saxophonist Joe Rushton, pianist Bobby Hammack, and drummer Rollie Culver. This resulted in an album's worth of perfectly enjoyable old-fashioned jazz, more in line with authentic jazz tradition than some of Nichols' later recordings. While the stomps and struts provide plenty of positive propulsion, the slow majesty of "Peaceful Valley," "Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider)," and especially Duke Ellington's "Morning Glory" reveal a mature Nichols near the beginning of his postwar comeback, blowing honest jazz in the company of authentic jazz musicians. Even taking into account the cream of his '20s recordings, this is some of the best Red Nichols you'll ever hear.
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