by Fletcher Henderson


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With its high musicianship and many talented soloists (including trumpeters Rex Stewart and Bobby Stark, trombonist Jimmy Harrison, Coleman Hawkins on tenor, and altoist Benny Carter), the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra should have prospered during this period, but unaccountably, its leader (never a strong businessman) seemed to be losing interest in the band's fortunes and made several bad decisions. The result is that by 1931, Henderson's orchestra was struggling while Duke Ellington's was becoming a household name. This Classics CD, in covering over three years, demonstrates how few recordings this band made (only four songs apiece in both 1929 and 1930), although the quality largely makes up for the quantity. The original band version of "King Porter Stomp" and an explosive "Oh Baby" are the high points of this satisfying collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1996
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517057228
catalogNumber: 572

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fletcher Henderson   Primary Artist,Piano
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
John Kirby   Baritone Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Trumpet
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Andy Razaf   Vocals
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
June Cole   Bass
Charlie Dixon   Banjo
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Harrison   Trombone
Clarence Holiday   Banjo
Claude Jones   Trombone
Joseph "Kaiser" Marshall   Drums
Jerome Pasquall   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Joe "Fox" Smith   Trumpet
Russell Smith   Trumpet
Charlie Green   Trombone
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Bobby Stark   Trumpet
Harvey Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Del Thomas   Bass
Lois Deppe   Vocals

Technical Credits

Henry Busse   Composer
Bill Challis   Contributor
Fletcher Henderson   Director
John Nesbitt   Contributor
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Contributor
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Fletcher Henderson's Collegians   Contributor
Leo Wood   Composer
Gus Mueller   Composer
Buster Johnson   Composer
Dixie Stompers   Contributor

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