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A Study in Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: Fletcher Henderson; Producer (group): Columbia/Legacy

Such Benny Goodman classics as ”King Porter Stomp” were actually cover versions of numbers previously recorded by bandleader Fletcher Henderson, whose career was stunted, in part, by racism. The originals are here on A Study in Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson Story, Thesaurus of Classic Jazz, along with other pace-setting sides from the ’20s and ’30s. A must for anyone interested in the evolution of big-band jazz. A-

Originally posted August 12 1994 — 12:00 AM EDT

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