Red Nichols

Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, Vol. 4

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This is the fourth of five Swaggie LPs documenting cornetist Red Nichols' sessions as a leader during 1926-29 including all the known alternate takes. Although his band was usually known as "the Five Pennies," Nichols' ensemble was generally seven-to-ten pieces except when expanded to become a concert orchestra. With the exception of the alternate take of "A Pretty Girl Is like a Melody," all of the performances on this album are from February and March 1929. Nichols uses such players as trombonist Glenn Miller, Dudley Fosdick on mellophone and the reeds of Benny Goodman, Fud Livinston and Jimmy Dorsey on a variety of heated numbers including "Who's Sorry Now," "Chinatown, My Chinatown" and "Alice Blue Gown." There are also three songs by Nichols with his Louisiana Rhythm Kings (which uses similar personnel) and his ten-piece group "the Captivators" which has fine period vocals from Scrappy Lambert. Collectors of 1920s music will enjoy all five albums in this valuable series.