Album Info

Jazz, Swing, Jazz Instrument, Early Jazz, Saxophone Jazz

Album Review

The great arranger Don Redman made Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra in the mid-1920s the first real swing band, but during the swing era itself, Redman was little known to the general public. His big band (heard here on the second of three "complete" Classics CDs) failed to really catch on, although it stayed together throughout the 1930s. After recording a bunch of sessions in 1933, Redman's orchestra only cut two sides in Jan. 1934 and then none until May 1936. There are vocals on 22 of the 25 selections on this CD; of the three instrumentals, this version of "Christopher Columbus" might not be by Redman. The leader's charming vocals are fine, but the nine by Harlan Lattimore are of lesser interest, and Chick Bullock dominates a six-song session. There are some good solos along the way, particularly by trumpeter Sidney DeParis, trombonists Benny Morton and Claude Jones and the forgotten tenor Robert Carroll, but this CD is primarily for completists.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mommy, I Don't Want to Go to Bed
  2. How Can I Hi-De-Hi (When I Feel So Low-De-Low)
  3. Shuffle Your Feet/Bandanna Babies
  4. Sophisticated Lady
  5. I Won't Tell
  6. That Blue-Eyed Baby from Memphis
  7. It's All Your Fault
  8. Lazy Bones
  9. Watching the Knife and Fork Spoon
  10. I Found a New Way to Go to Town
  11. You Told Me But Half the Story
  12. Lonely Cabin
  13. She's Not Bad
  14. No One Loves Me Like That Dallas Man
  15. Our Big Love Scene
  16. After Sundown
  17. Puddin' Head Jones
  18. My Old Man
  19. Tired of It All
  20. Keep on Doin' What You're Doin'
  21. I Wanna Be Loved
  22. Got the Jitters
  23. Christopher Columbus
  24. A Little Bit Later On
  25. Lazy Weather