Red Nichols

Red Nichols and Other Radio Transcriptions 1929-1931

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This hard-to-find collectors' LP has some very early radio transcriptions. Red Nichols' Orchestra is heard on four five-minute segments that usually feature one hot song; the performances have since been reissued on CD by the IAJRC label. In addition there are more anonymous dance-band performances by groups with the titles of "Little Buster and the Corn Poppers" and the "ARC-Brunswick Studio Band" that may contain Nichols along with violinist Joe Venuti and the Dorsey Brothers. The music is enjoyable enough if not all that essential.