Wail of the Winds

Wail of the Winds

by Red NicholsRed Nichols


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Red Nichols & His Orchestra recorded ten obscure titles for Varsity in 1937 and then extensively for Bluebird in 1939, with four songs for Okeh in 1940. The Bluebird and Okeh dates have been reissued in full on this CD and it is quite a mixed bag. Many of the songs are saddled with Bill Darnell's vocals and some are just straight dance music rather than jazz. The only notable musicians in Nichols' outfit were pianist/arranger Billy Maxted and (in 1940) clarinetist Heinie Beau. However, there are some fine performances along the way, including Nichols' "The King Kong," "Davenport Blues," a swinging version of Henry Busse's "Hot Lips," "Poor Butterfly," "Overnight Hop," and Nichols' theme of the period, "Wail of the Winds." There is also a small-group session by the Five Pennies, although only "My Melancholy Baby" is a standout. But overall, the Red Nichols band was overshadowed by the many other more original jazz orchestras and they did not survive 1940.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/1998
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366105725
catalogNumber: 1057

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Nichols   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet,Vocals,Human Whistle
Bobby Jones   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Maxted   Piano
Heine Beau   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Tony Colucci   Guitar
Bill Darnell   Vocals
Conn Humphreys   Alto Saxophone
Mastren   Trombone
Bobby Lee Jones   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Jaeger   Drums,Vocals
Slim Wilbur   Trombone
Harry Yolonsky   Alto Saxophone
J. Douglas Wood   Trumpet
Ray Schultz   Alto Saxophone
Don Stevens   Trumpet
Jack Fay   Bass
Martin Croy   Trombone
Victor Engle   Drums
Robert Gebhart   Trombone
Billy Shepherd   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Red Nichols   Director
Billy Maxted   Arranger
Henry Jerome   Composer
John R.T. Davies   Producer
Alastair Robertson   Producer
Mischa Spoliansky   Composer

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