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Henry Red Allen 1964 UK Alex Welsh-3 - St.James Infirmary

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Red Allen is one of the jazz immortals that migrated North from New Orleans in the 1920's. During an exceptional musical career that spanned six decades, he set many standards for big band trumpet soloists and, during the fifties and sixties, was the elder statesman of jazz. He is remembered for his highly creative and individualistic style which, as it developed and matured, anticipated many of the innovations introduced by younger generations of musicians. Many of his early recordings had a profound influence on musicians of the 1930's and must be assigned a significant place in the development of jazz. In a career that produced hundreds of recordings, it is a tribute to his dedication to the music, and his personal growth, that recordings made in the 1957-59 period are often cited as his best.
Генри "Рэд" Аллен (Henry "Red" Allen) Trumpet player, Henry "Red" Allen Jr. was the son of Henry Allen who was the leader of the Allen Brass Band of Algiers, Louisiana. Algiers is directly across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. As a teenager he played in his father's band, with George Lewis, the Excelsior Band and with the Sam Morgan Band. In 1926 he left New Orleans to play with Sidney Desvigne's Southern Syncopaters on the riverboat Island Queen which ran between St. Louis and Cincinnati. In 1927 he joined King Oliver's Dixie Syncopators while they were on tour in St. Louis. The tour didn't go well for Oliver, and the band kind of fell to pieces in New York, but Red made his first recordings while there with Clarence Williams. Allen returned to New Orleans and played with Fats Pichon and then joined Fate Marable on the Strekfus riverboat Capitol where he would remain until 1928. After being offered a Victor recording contract and jobs by both Duke Ellington and Luis Russell, he returned to New York.
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.

5/5/64 Shepherds Bush. telerec.for BBC-2TV-Iazz 625; (part-1 on film-reel without ROSETTA) - RED ALLEN (t,v) & THE ALEX WELSH BAND: Alex Welsh (*t) Roy Crimmins (tb) Al Gay (cl,ts) Fred Hunt (p) Jim Douglas (g) Ronnie Mathewson (b) Lennie Hastings (d) Steve Race (narr.).

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