The deservedly famous version of ROSETTA by trumpeter Red Allen comes from the 1957 THE SOUND OF JAZZ — this version is far less well-known and pairs the ebullient Red, singing as well, with the Alex Welsh band in 1964.  Welsh was a fine trumpeter, joined by trombonist Roy Crimmins, tenorist Al Gay, pianist Fred Hunt, guitarist Jim Douglas, bassist Ron Mathiewson, and drummer Lennie Hastings.  I especially enjoy the quiet, moaning tones with which Red begins his second solo . . . .before the performance starts up again with even greater vehemence.

2 responses to “HENRY “RED” ALLEN, 1964

  1. Thanks for posting this video.
    There’s a nice disc of Red Allen playing with the Alex Welsh group from his 1967 England tour, recorded just a few days before Red’s passing and issued on CD by Jazzology (Jazzology JCD318). As far as I remember, it includes very emotive liner notes on Allen’s last days and how he concealed his extremely critical health condition.
    Agustín Pérez

  2. Yes, it’s Red at (very nearly) his best accompanied by the band that became his latter-day favourites, and his warm personal friends. The very moving liner notes to the CD that Agustin refers to are by the Welsh band’s guitarist Jim Douglas.

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