Fletcher Henderson

The Complete Fletcher Henderson (1927-1936)

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"Complete" is in this case a relative term, meaning every recording by Fletcher Henderson's orchestra owned by RCA/Bluebird rather than every record he made during this period. A perfectly done two-LP set, these 34 songs include three from 1927 (featuring trumpeters Tommy Ladnier and Joe Smith at their best), 12 varying sides from 1931-32 (during which tenor-saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and trumpeters Rex Stewart and Bobby Stark make even the most commercial material into worthwhile music), a session from 1934 with trumpeter Red Allen and 15 numbers from 1936 that co-star trumpeter Roy Eldridge and Chu Berry on tenor. Throughout, the consistent high quality of the solos and the musicianship (even with some off moments) makes one regret that this classic orchestra was not more commercially successful.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:59
2 2:48
3 3:01
4 3:15
5 2:58
6 3:14
7 3:14
8 2:31
9 3:05
10 2:41
11 3:18
12
3:19
13 3:02
14 2:56
15 3:16
16 3:16
17 3:28
18 3:02
19 2:36
20 2:40
21 3:00
22 2:34
23 2:26
24 3:00
25 2:41
26 2:20
27 2:48
28 3:31
29 2:30
30 2:31
31 2:55
32 2:43
33 3:27
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