From the Record Shelves #39


CD Timeless Historical CBC 1-069

Fletcher Henderson had an incredible band in 1927. And it was used in the best possible manner. I can only think of Ellington that had an equally perfect balance between solos and arranged ensembles. In most numbers no less than five or six different top musicians contribute fine solos.

In this tune we hear in order; Joe Smith-trumpet; Jimmy Harrison-trombone; Buster Bailey-clarinet; Joe Smith; Coleman Hawkins-tenor sax; Tommy Ladnier-trumpet; Buster Bailey; Fletcher Henderson- piano and Kaiser Marshall-cymbals. Note also Coleman Hawkins’ classic break at the end.

Hawkins and Ladnier had an explosive development compared to only a couple of years before. Another one in the band that expressed himself was Don Redman with his inventive and groundbreaking arrangements.