Here are a pair of long-unavailable quartet sessions led by two outstanding Louis Armstrong–inspired, New Orleans trumpeters from successive generations. Joe Newman (1922-1992) was long a featured soloist with Count Basie's definitively swinging orchestra, while Henry "Red" Allen (1908-1967), a veteran of several notable big bands, including Armstrong's, became in his later years something of a maverick. In 1965, Don Ellis, then a prominent and advanced trumpeter, praised Allen as "the most avant-garde trumpet player in New York." While Allen's approach was in no way "far out," it was consistently and delightfully unpredictable within conservative settings. Newman's savory solos on this 1961 date, his third and final LP for Swingville, receive exemplary support from a rhythm section keyed with typical aplomb by pianist Tommy Flanagan. Allen's album finds him backed by a far lesser known trio, but one that stays with him every step of his singular way.
with Tommy Flanagan, Wendell Marshall, Billy English, Lannie Scott, Franklin Skeete, Jerry Potter