Red Nichols

Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, 1929-1932

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This enjoyable LP has highlights from cornetist Red Nichols' recordings of 1929-32. Although released under the title of "the Five Pennies," the groups range from six to 12 pieces. Utilizing many of the top young White players of the era, Nichols included among his sidemen trumpeter Charlie Teagarden, trombonists Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Babe Russin and Benny Goodman on reeds, and Gene Krupa or Dave Tough on drums. The emphasis is on hot jazz, and the high points include "Hallelujah," "Fan It," "Honolulu Blues," "Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula" and "Clarinet Marmalade." Until the music is released completely and in chronological order, this album is one of the best sets around documenting this important period in Red Nichols' career.