Wild Man Blues – Henry Red Allen 1957
This is probably one of the best recordings made in the fifties of musicians who were already giants in the jazz field in the thirties. It was also a first impromptu jazz show on TV. Even today emotions well up every time I witness this CBS show again.
Wild Man Blues was composed by Louis Armstrong and played by an All Star Group under leadership of trumpeter Henry Red Allen. I have played this song many times myself, but the overall jazz feeling that these men created makes it totally unique. Unfortunately I will not post this clip on youtube, because of possible copyright issues but I’ll stick with the Paris based Dailymotion. Red Allen played with Coleman Hawkins on tenor sax, Vic Dickenson, trombone, Pee Wee Russell, clarinet,, Rex Stewart, cornet, and a rhythm group with Nat Pierce piano, Danny Barker guitar, Milt Hinton bass and Jo Jones drums.