Henry "Red" Allen

Red Allen & The Blues Singers, Vol. 1

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The now-defunct Jazz Archives label came out with two LPs in 1980 that featured trumpeter Red Allen as a sideman in the late '30s, accompanying blues and vaudevillian singers. The first set has four numbers apiece with Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon and Blue Lu Barker, six on which Allen backs Lee Brown and two with Johnny Temple. Clarinetists Buster Bailey, Rupert Cole and Fess Williams also help out in spots. Unfortunately the same extensive liner notes are used on both LPs so the one on the first volume refers to Rosetta Howard and Helen Proctor, neither of whom appear. Collectors of 1930s blues and novelty singers in particular will enjoy this hard-to-find LP.