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A New Kind Of Man
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
Feat. Charlie Green
Recorded in New York City on August 29th 1924 featuring Elmer Chambers and Howard Scott cornets, Charlie Green trombone, Don Redman clarinet, alto, & goofus sax, Coleman Hawkins clarinet, tenor, & bass sax, Fletcher Henderson piano, Charlie Dixon banjo, Ralph Escudero tuba, and Kaiser Marshall drums.
*"A New Kind Of Man (With A New Kind Of Love For Me)" was collaboratively composed by Sidney Clare and Leon Flatow.
It is Big Charlie Green who's wa-wa trombone answers Redman's goofus solo. Green's work on this record is a very early, possibly the first, example of the trombone making solo statements that are imitations of vocal inflections rather than melodic phrases. Green is seldom given credit for his wide ranging ability, usually being pegged as a blues player (at which he was outstanding), but Rex Stewart wrote correctly that Green could play all styles of hot as well as sweet. He also may well have been the first musician to record a jazz solo on baritone horn (Fletcher Henderson's "That's Georgia"). Big Charlie recorded prolifically in the 20's with Henderson, Bessie Smith (he was her favorite trombonist) and other blues singers. His last known session was as a member of Chick Webb's band backing Louis Armstrong in Dec. 1932 ("Hobo, You Can't Ride This Train", etc.) and he reportedly froze to death on a Harlem doorstep in 1936. Green stands with Miff Mole and Jimmie Harrison as one of the earliest important jazz trombone soloists. -(Daniel Weinstein)
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