Red Nichols: Buddy's Habits
Red Nichols and His Five Pennies
Red Nichols and His Five Pennies: 1926-1930 (Fabulous/Acrobat FABCD 131)
Composed by Arnett Nelson and Charley Straight.
Recorded: New York, December 20, 1926
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
The sanitized Hollywood biopic aside, Red Nichols was a tremendously gifted trumpeter and bandleader. There were usually more than five Pennies, but this great early edition with Miff Mole, Eddie Lang and Jimmy Dorsey was spot-on. No tuba or string bass in this lineup. “Buddy’s Habits” typifies Nichols’ brand of hot jazz. This is one of the jauntiest, most danceable melodies in the Pennies’ book, with fine solos all around. Dorsey turns in two of them, on spicy clarinet and warm alto. Lang’s guitar is exceptionally audible, and listen to his firm command of blues inflection.
Reviewer: Todd S. Jenkins
Tags: 1920s jazz