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5.0 out of 5 stars RED ALLEN AT THE HEIGHT OF HIS POWERS, 7 Mar 2012
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Barry McCanna (Normandy, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Three Classic Albums Plus (Red Allen Meets Kid Ory / We've Got Rhythm / Red Allen Plays King Oliver) (Audio CD)
The first CD presents the veteran New Orleans born trumpeter in company with Kid Ory & his Creole Jazz Band in two LPs from July 1959, when the line-up comprised Bob McCracken on clarinet, Cedric Haywood on piano, Frank Haggerty on guitar, Charles Oden on bass, and Alton Redd on drums. The second CD ends with three tracks from the Newport Jazz Festival which were recorded the same month, when Red's companions were J C Higginbotham on trombone, Buster Bailey on clarinet, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Sammy Price on piano, Lloyd Trotman on bass and Rufus "Speedy" Jones on drums. Before that's reached, there's the album "Red Allen plays King Oliver" from November 1960, with Herb Flemming on trombone, Buster Bailey on clarinet, Milt Hilton on bass, Sol Hall on drums, and Bob Hammer on piano for all but two tracks, where Sammy Price is present instead.

The two Ory albums preceded the band's visit to Great Britain later that year, an unforgettable experience for those (myself included) who saw and heard them. Allen's strong lead and Ory's tailgate trombone produce a dynamic front line, and the rhythm section is quite superb. The whole disc is a celebration of the music which the main participants had been playing for upwards of four decades. Red Allen was at the height of his powers in the mid-fifties, as he demonstrates on the King Oliver album. It's not apparent whose idea it was to dedicate the album to Oliver, because Allen was too much his own man to imitate the King, and the titles aren't those you'd associate first with Oliver. But no matter because the end result was an outstanding success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red plus Kid, 23 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Three Classic Albums Plus (Red Allen Meets Kid Ory / We've Got Rhythm / Red Allen Plays King Oliver) (Audio CD)
Compare Red in a supporting role to the great Kid Ory and in a leading role with a band under his his own name
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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Allen, 23 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Three Classic Albums Plus (Red Allen Meets Kid Ory / We've Got Rhythm / Red Allen Plays King Oliver) (Audio CD)
Plenty of tracks for your money. A good selction of various Red Allen, both fronting his own band and playing with others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past, 24 April 2012
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This review is from: Three Classic Albums Plus (Red Allen Meets Kid Ory / We've Got Rhythm / Red Allen Plays King Oliver) (Audio CD)
Had some of these tracks on LP but long gone now. So glad to get them on CD. Some of the bands better than others but overall a good buy at a good prive
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