Henry ÔRedÕ Allen

COMPOSERS: Henry ÔRed’ Allen
LABELS: Topaz Jazz
WORKS: Swing Out
PERFORMER: Henry ‘Red’ Allen (t) with various groups including: Henry Allen, Luis Russell & Fletcher Henderson Orchestras and Billy Banks Rhythmakers
CATALOGUE NO: TPZ 1037 (distr. Pinnacle)
A thoughtful compilation that illustrates the extent to which Louis Armstrong has dominated early jazz history to the exclusion of Allen, who should be given credit for being at least the great man’s equal. Allen had the last laugh, however, when in the Fifties (and without altering his style) he sounded startlingly modern against Armstrong’s mannered syncopations. Stuart Nicholson