Originally released on LP as part of Past Perfect's Silver Line vinyl series, Riffin' collects seventeen 1930s tracks from the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, a band that in retrospect could swing with the best of them, although at the time Henderson was chiefly known for his skilled and subtly innovative arrangements for Benny Goodman. Goodman, of course, brought big-band jazz to the masses in the late '20s, making Henderson somewhat of the wizard behind the screen for what was jazz's peak commercial phase. Several of his essential sides from the period as a bandleader are here.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett