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In early 1935, Fletcher Henderson broke up his classic orchestra, but a year later, with the success of so many other big bands, he formed a new ensemble. This Classics CD includes four songs from 1934, Henderson's entire output from 1936, and his first recording of 1937. The main difference between the two units is that the later one boasted the trumpet of Roy Eldridge and tenor solos from Coleman Hawkins's potential successor, Chu Berry. "Christopher Columbus" became a hit, as did the band's new theme song ("Stealin' Apples") but the brief bit of glory would not last. However, Henderson's brand of swing music still sounds fresh today and this CD is easily recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1996
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517052728
catalogNumber: 527
Rank: 129912


  1. Wild Party
  2. Rug Cutter's Swing
  3. Hotter Than 'ell
  4. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
  5. Christopher Columbus
  6. Big Chief de Sota (Grand Terrace Swing)
  7. Blue Lou
  8. Stealin' Apples
  9. I'm a Fool for Loving You
  10. Moonrise on the Lowlands
  11. I'll Always Be in Love With You
  12. Jangled Nerves
  13. Where There's You There's Me
  14. Do You or Don't You Love Me?
  15. Grand Terrace Rhythm
  16. Riffin'
  17. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  18. Shoe Shine Boy
  19. Sing, Sing, Sing
  20. Until Today
  21. Knock, Knock, Who's There?
  22. Jimtown Blues
  23. You Can Depend on Me
  24. What Will I Tell My Heart?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fletcher Henderson   Primary Artist,Piano
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Chu Berry   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Baritone,Double Bass
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
John Kirby   Baritone Saxophone
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Horace Henderson   Piano
Ted Lewis   Violin
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Israel Crosby   Baritone Saxophone
Fernando Arbello   Trombone
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Jerry Blake   Clarinet,Violin,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Scoops Carey   Alto Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Ed Cuffee   Trombone,Violin,Vocals
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Walter Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Jerome Pasquall   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Omer Simeon   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Russell Smith   Trumpet
Dick Vance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
George Washington   Trombone
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Baritone,Double Bass
Elmer James   Baritone Saxophone
Bob Lessey   Guitar
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Walter Johnson   Drums
Joe Thomas   Trumpet
Georgia Boy Simpkins   Violin,Vocals
Teddy Lewis   Vocals

Technical Credits

Horace Henderson   Arranger
Leon Berry   Composer
Roger Moore   Contributor
Jerry Blake   Arranger
Bob Edwards   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger,Composer,Director
Bud Green   Composer
Hilton Jefferson   Arranger
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Spud Murphy   Arranger
Fred Rose   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Dick Vance   Arranger
Matty Malneck   Composer
Charlie Davis   Composer
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Irving Gordon   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Fred Henley   Composer
Billy Tipton   Composer

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