Henry ‘Red’ Allen – Feelin’ Good: His First In Person Album (1966/2016)

Henry ‘Red’ Allen - Feelin' Good: His First In Person Album (1966/2016)
Artist: Henry ‘Red’ Allen
Album: Feelin’ Good: His First In Person Album
Genre: Mainstream Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 1966/2016
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Cherry (3:52)
Sweet Substitute (3:00)
Trav’lin All Alone (3:34)
Yellow Dog Blues (4:28)
You’re Nobody ‘Till Somebody Loves You (4:38)
Siesta At The Fiesta (3:16)
Feeling Good (3:54)
Patrol Wagon Blues (3:05)
I’m Coming Virginia (8:18)
Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good To You (2:36)
Rag Mop (3:03)


Trumpeter Henry “Red” Allen’s next-to-last album (which has not yet been reissued on CD) is a spirited but slightly disappointing effort. Although Allen plays well enough, unfortunately he sings on all 11 selections (recorded live) and his vocal refrains are rather run-of-the-mill. He was getting a lot of publicity at the time for his advanced trumpet solos, but his outbursts on trumpet are less memorable than expected, and the inclusion of the songs “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You” and “Feeling Good” drag down the album’s quality. This should have been a much more rewarding album.
Review by Scott Yanow