Henry "Red" Allen

Red Allen, Jack Teagarden & Kid Ory at Newport

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When confronted with a variety of his alumni from his past at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, Louis Armstrong preferred instead to play his standard show with his regular group. The veterans had their own separate set, and that is what is heard on this LP. Trumpeter Red Allen, trombonist J.C. Higginbotham, and clarinetist Buster Bailey play spirited versions of "Struttin' with Some Barbeque" and "St. James Infirmary"; trombonist Jack Teagarden joins up for "China Boy" and an overly loose "Basin Street Blues"; trombonist Kid Ory struts and sings on "Muskrat Ramble"; and Ory, Teagarden and Higginbotham perform a somewhat incoherent "High Society." An upbeat, if somewhat streaky affair, this historic encounter has its strong moments, but at 27 minutes, it is all over much too soon.