In a nightclub setting, Don Redman and His Orchestra perform three songs, and one number is performed by singers/tap dancers 'Red' and Struggie. (For the list of songs, check the soundtrack... See full summary »
Don Redman had one of the all-time best Jazz Orchestras between 1931 and 1934...when he disbanded this band.
Prior to starting his own band, he was member of Fletcher Henderson's legendary 20's Orchestra and in 1928 Redman took over as leader and musical director of legendary McKinney's Cotton Pickers.
Henderson did not start his arranging career until about 1931, so the 1920's arrangements that influenced everybody at that time was by Don Redman. You could almost credit Redman with being the creator of the classic big band sound, since it was he who put together ensembles of horns and reeds within the framework of the 3 minute hot jazz arrangement! This is Redman's only short and it also showcases Harlan Lattimore, his band vocalist...who was known as "The Colored Bing Crosby"! Wonderful voice.
Harold Arlen's follow-up to "Stormy Weather", "Ill Wind" wasn't all that much of a hit, and for my money, the version heard in this short is the best I've ever heard. Unfortunately, Redman did not record it.
A great short....nearly worth the price of this boxed set.
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