Henry "Red" Allen

Ride, Red, Ride

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AllMusic Review by arwulf arwulf

In a jaded world where not enough people have heard of Henry "Red" Allen, Living Era's outstanding compilation could serve as the perfect introduction to this fine trumpeter, vocalist, and bandleader. Proceeding in semi-chronological fashion, this survey covers the years 1930-1946, touching upon Allen's work with Panamanian pianist and bandleader Luis Russell; the brothers Fletcher and Horace Henderson; vocalist Billy Banks; guitarist and session organizer Eddie Condon; British bandleader Spike Hughes; trombonists Tommy Dorsey, J.C. Higginbotham, Benny Morton, and Dicky Wells; clarinetists Pee Wee Russell and Buster Bailey; saxophonists Gene Sedric, Earl Bostic, Coleman Hawkins, and Chu Berry; the Mills Blue Rhythm Band; Billie Holiday; pianists Fats Waller, Teddy Wilson, and James P. Johnson; vibraphonist and bandleader Lionel Hampton; reedman Sidney Bechet; and jazz guitar legend Charlie Christian. This, then, is a mini-history of jazz from the beginnings of swing up to the exciting transitions of "rebop" and pre-bop. A splendidly presented portrait of a master musician, perfectly suited for jazz veterans and newcomers alike. [Note: track 21, originally entitled "Havin' a Ball" is erroneously identified here as "Swingin' at the Lido."]

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Luis Russell & His Orchestra 03:24
2 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Luis Russell & His Orchestra 03:11
3 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Henry Allen & His Orchestra 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
4 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 02:34
5 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 03:26
6 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra 02:48
7 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Horace Henderson 03:08
8 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Billy Banks 02:46
9 Henry "Red" Allen 03:15
10 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Jack Bland 02:40
11 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Spike Hughes & His All American Orchestra 03:22
12 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Spike Hughes & His All American Orchestra 03:07
13 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra 02:57
14 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra 03:25
15 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Henry Allen & His Orchestra 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
16 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Henry Allen & His Orchestra 03:17
17 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Henry Allen & His Orchestra 02:56
18 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Benny Morton 03:12
19 Henry "Red" Allen 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
20 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Billie Holiday / Teddy Wilson 03:11
21 Henry "Red" Allen feat: James P. Johnson 02:58
22 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 03:11
23 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Sidney Bechet 02:58
24 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Henry Allen & His New York Orchestra 02:44 SpotifyAmazon
25 Henry "Red" Allen feat: Henry Allen & His New York Orchestra 03:08 SpotifyAmazon
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