Label: Barclay - 5.005 • Series: Jazz Anthologie • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: France • Genre: Jazz •
Indeed, Allen played in Louis' band which had originally been Luis Russell's. Red Allen thus tended to live in the shadow of Louis Armstrong. Yet Allen's style was different and he developed a very free approach to rhythm and the trumpet. This free approach came to fruition in a s album called Feeling Good, where his unrestrained approach led Don Ellis to call him "the most avant-garde trumpet player in New York".
This LP is long overdue for transference to compact disc. The recordings on this double CD come from an earlier period, when Allen was still playing in a fairly traditional New Orleans style, albeit with his very individual approach to the trumpet. Allen had flown there from New York specially for these recordings.
The repertoire consists mainly of New Orleans favourites, although there are China Boy - Henry Red Allen - Red Allen Au Festival De Newport unexpected tunes such as In the Mood and Tuxedo Junction. Tuxedo Junction displays Kid Ory's evocative use of the mute, and it includes a nice clarinet solo from Bob McCracken as well as a marvellous solo from Red Allen which veers from lyricism to explosion.
Allen and Ory work well together - but they had both played for King Oliver and they knew the New Orleans traditions Requiem, Op. 5, (Grand Messe Des Morts) - Berlioz* - Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choru. Ory's tailgate style of trombone playing makes a neat contrast with Allen's ability to go from the top to the bottom of the trumpet's range.
Red Allen also had a remarkable ability to disregard bar-lines, strolling nonchalantly wherever he fancied, as he does in Keep Off Katie's Head and Tishomingo Blues. Another highlight is Charles Oden's arco bass solo in Blues for Jimmy. All the musicians are splendid, except perhaps for drummer Alton Redd, who seems content to thrash relentless offbeats and do little else.
The second CD begins with Red Allen Plays King Oliverwhich doesn't necessarily consist of tunes associated with Oliver, but perhaps we can forgive this, remembering that Red Allen played in Oliver's band from Allen leads a typical trad line-up but his playing is more advanced than that of the normal trumpet leader.
As the sleeve-notes wisely say "While his vehicles are the standards of Dixieland, his trumpet work in the frames of these tunes is rarely bounded by the usual rules governing improvisation in this area". Note, for example, how his trumpet growls in Canal Street Blues.
China Boy - Henry Red Allen - Red Allen Au Festival De Newport there are two tracks where the pianist is Sammy Price, who backed Allen on that Feeling Good album and whose solid two-handed style seems perfectly suited to Red Allen. Sammy Price is the pianist on the final tracks, which come from Red Allen's appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. The band When Youre Around - Various - Vans Warped Tour 06 (2006 Tour Compilation) over-eager to please, which leads them to some rather disjointed playing.
Things calm down somewhat China Boy - Henry Red Allen - Red Allen Au Festival De Newport Yellow Dog Blueswhich we heard earlier on this disc. Sammy Price shines with his barrelhouse piano, and Kenny Burrell's solo fits the mood like a glove.
But then Red Allen was always a showman! Tony Augarde www. Follow us on Twitter. In the Mood 2. Blues for Jimmy 3. Ain't Misbehavin' 4. Honeysuckle Rose 5. I Wish I Was in Peoria 6. Keep off Katie's Head 7. Christopher Columbus 9. Some of these Days I Got Rhythm Come Back Sweet Papa San Tuxedo Junction Ballin' the Jack 2.
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