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Henry Red Allen 1930 King Oliver - St.James Infirmary

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In 1929 Red Allen accepted a recording contract with Victor which was looking for someone to counter the immense success of Louis Armstrong's Okeh records. He returned to New York in the spring of that year - having been offered jobs with the Ellington and Russell bands - and, in addition to his own recordings, recorded with Walter Pichon and Teddy Bunn, The Luis Russell Band (which he joined), Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, Victoria Spivey, and The Louis Armstrong Orchestra. These 1929 recordings were well received by the public and musicians alike, especially the July recordings with the Russell band. But it was several recordings cut during 1930 that revealed the depth of Red's talent, originality and creativity - Louisiana Swing, Saratoga Shout, and Stingeree Blues. In late 1931 Red filled in for Sidney de Paris at a Don Redman recording session (Brunswick) and contributed his memorable solo on Shakin' the African. In 1932 vocalist Billy Banks and Irving Mills organized a recording group that included Pee Wee Russell, Tommy Dorsey, Pops Foster, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller, Zutty Singleton, Gene Krupa, Al Morgan, Red Allen and others. The recordings, done in several sessions, are available under Billy Banks name as The Henry Allen Collection, 1932, Vol. 1 (Collector's Classics CD-1). As one might expect from such talented musicians, these are excellent recordings with some exceptional performances by Russell, Dorsey, Hawkins and Allen.
Генри "Рэд" Аллен (Henry "Red" Allen) Red Allen's trumpet style has been described, by some critics, as the first to fully incorporate the innovations of Louis Armstrong and to develop an emphasis on phrasing. Allen's recordings received much favorable attention. His versatility is shown by his winning of Down Beat awards in both the traditional jazz and the modern jazz categories.
Henry Allen, Jr., an only child, was born to Henry and Juretta Allen, in Algiers, Louisiana (1908), the home base of his father's well known marching band which was formed in 1907 and continued to perform into the early 1950's. He wasted no time in making a career choice; at 8 he was marching with his dad's band and, at age 15, playing with The New Orleans Stompers led by jazz great George Lewis. In 1924 he played in the venerable Excelsior Band and in 1925 co-led a group with John Casimir. Captain John Handy led the house band at the Entertainers' Club and Red joined him for a while ('26) before departing for St. Louis and the St. Louis-Cinncinati riverboat Island Queen. Here he joined The Southern Syncopaters led by Sidney Desvigne.

1/28/30 NYC., KING OLIVER AND HIS ORCH.: King Oliver, Red Allen, Bubber Miley (c,t) James Archey (tb) Bobby Holmes (cl,ss) Glyn Paque (cl,as) Walter Wheeler (ts) Don Frye (p) Arthur Taylor (bj) Jean Stultz (g) Clinton Walker (bb) Carroll Dickerson (vln,ld) Frank Marvin (d,v) JSP-2CD-3404
3:37 ST. JAMES INFIRMARY - chimes&ens intro 4b-Miley mute 16b-Archey in ens brd 4b-vFM (Miley)24b-Frye 4b-Allen mute & Walker 8+6b, Archey brk-Holmes cl 8b-Allen 2b-ens 8b- arr.K.Oliver

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