Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Henry "Red" Allen's live take: 1964

It occurred to me that maybe somebody had posted the "SJI" segment of the Spike Lee doc on Youtube. No such luck, but there are a few other new clips since last time I searched that site. Like this one:

That's Henry "Red" Allen doing a rather rousing version of the tune on a "a 1964 TV show with the very good British Jazz Band of Alex Welsh," according to the person who posted the clip. It's pretty cool, and one of the more exciting versions I've heard in a while -- there's even a call-and-response moment, and a guitar solo! I'd never heard this version, so I was pretty pleased to come across it. Allen's trumpet work truly sparkles. Recommended.