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Vintage Jazz



A beautiful interpretation of "I Cover the Waterfront", by Henry "Red" Allen, dating from 1957:



Red Allen - trumpet

J.C. Higginbotham - trombone

Buster Bailey - clarinet

Coleman Hawkins - tenor saxophone

Marty Napoleon - piano

Evertt Barksdale - guitar

Lloyd Trotman - bass

Cozy Cole - drums


In the words of Gunther Schuller ("The Swing Era"):


"Recorded evidence of Allen's work from 1946 to his death in 1967 is relatively slim. But two recording dates from the late 1950s testify tellingly to the fact that Allen never stopped growing musically, and in fact in the last fifteen years of his life regained fully his earlier creative potency. In some ways his playing with Coleman Hawkins in 1957 (their first encounter in 24 years) and with Kid Ory in 1959 was the finest of his entire career. What it had lost in some of the early youthful brashness, it had now gained in seasoned maturity. I Cover the Waterfront is one of the most magnificent extended trumpet solos of that or any other period. It brims with interesting bold, contrasting ideas, draws continually upon his lively creative imagination, is alternately gently ruminative and passionately expressive, and is played with a new rich, husky, breathy, singing tone"





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