Fletcher Henderson

1934-1937

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In early 1935, Fletcher Henderson broke up his classic orchestra, but a year later, with the success of so many other big bands, he formed a new ensemble. This Classics CD includes four songs from 1934, Henderson's entire output from 1936, and his first recording of 1937. The main difference between the two units is that the later one boasted the trumpet of Roy Eldridge and tenor solos from Coleman Hawkins's potential successor, Chu Berry. "Christopher Columbus" became a hit, as did the band's new theme song ("Stealin' Apples") but the brief bit of glory would not last. However, Henderson's brand of swing music still sounds fresh today and this CD is easily recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:04
2 3:03
3 2:52
4 2:39
5 3:03
6 3:01
7 3:09
8 3:01
9 2:40
10 2:46
11 3:04
12 2:37
13 2:29
14 3:04
15 2:44
16 2:24
17 2:51
18 3:35
19 2:35
20 2:33
21 2:58
22 2:46
23 3:31
24 3:30
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