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Feat. Don Redman


Recorded in New York City on November 3rd 1930 featuring Rex Stewart cornet, Langston Curl, John Nesbitt and George 'Buddy' Lee, trumpet, Ed Cuffee trombone, Don Redman clarinet, alto sax, vocals, leader, & arranger, Benny Carter and Jimmy Dudley clarinet & alto sax, Prince Robinson clarinet & tenor sax, Todd Rhodes piano & celeste, Dave Wilborn banjo, Ralph Escudero tuba, and Cuba Austin drums.

*"Rocky Road" was composed by Arthur Gibbs, with words written by Joe Grey.

"Have you ever been in Dixie 'neath that bright and shining moon ?" inquires Don Redman at the very start of the record. Then continuing in his typical half spoken sing-song vocal style the revolutionary instrumentalist, director and arranger carries on for the duration of this offering which is uncharacteristically dismal and depressing for an up-tempo dance number.

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