Red Nichols

Red Nichols and His Five Pennies, Vol. 5

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The fifth and probably final album in the Australian Swaggie label's very valuable "complete" Red Nichols series alternates freewheeling jazz performances with longer (42 minute) renditions of symphonic dance music which also has its charm. Of the former, these versions of "Indiana," "Dinah" and "On the Alamo" are famous, and there are also hot numbers ("I'm Walking Through Clover" is a highlight) from Nichols' quintet/sextet called the Louisiana Rhythm Kings. In addition, there are four selections by a 23-piece ensemble that are clearly modeled after Paul Whiteman and shift back and forth between dance music and jazz sections. Collectors of 1920s music will want all five albums in this important series which unfortunately comes to a close in June 1929, several volumes short.