Various Artists

The Trumpet Album, Vol. 1

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

This LP from the collectors' label Meritt includes 16 selections that are mostly previously unreleased alternate takes from the prime years of the swing era. Featured are such trumpeters as Henry "Red" Allen, Louis Armstrong (on "Solitude" and a broadcast version of "Whatcha Say"), Emmett Berry (with Teddy Wilson), Bill Coleman (with Chick Bullock), Roy Eldridge, Jonah Jones (with Adrian Rollini), Taft Jordan, Frankie Newton, Hot Lips Page (on a really obscure track with Barney Rapp's Orchestra), Charlie Shavers with John Kirby's Sextet and Cootie Williams. All of the Meritts are unfortunately very difficult to find.