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The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60
The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Red Norvo
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: FADCD2051
Known as “Mr. Swing”, Red Norvo was an unusual figure in early jazz, being an exponent of the xylophone and marimba (and later the vibraphone), which were not regular features in jazz ensembles of the time, but he went on to become an important personality in the genre whose work retained relevance into the post-war bebop and cool school era. This excellent-value 40-track collection, which includes a number of recordings of extended length, encompasses a period of close to four decades from some of his first recordings in the early ‘30s through to a hiatus in his recording career in the early ‘60s. It includes work in both small and large ensembles, with a small selection of recordings featuring his wife, the singer Mildred Bailey, from the late ‘30s, and it is a fine showcase for his flowing improvisations in all those contexts. The quality of the recordings is underlined by the remarkable roll-call of top names with whom he recorded over the years from swing legends like Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Charlie Barnet and Harry James through to bebop stars like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and the collection includes some tracks by his highly noted trio of the ‘50s with Charlie Mingus and Tal Farlow. It is a very entertaining tribute to an artist who has not received the attention he merits.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Knockin' On Wood Red Norvo
2 Hole In The Wall Red Norvo
3 Dance Of The Octopus Red Norvo
4 Old Fashioned Love Red Norvo And His Swing Septet
5 Blues In E Flat Red Norvo And His Swing Octet
6 Bughouse Red Norvo And His Swing Octet
7 Decca Stomp Red Norvo And His Orchestra
8 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm Red Norvo And His Orchestra
9 Remember Red Norvo Blackhawk Orchestra
10 Just A Mood Pt. 2 Teddy Wilson Quartet
11 Russian Lullaby Red Norvo
12 Please Be Kind Mildred Bailey
13 Says My Heart Mildred Bailey
14 Some Like it Hot Red Norvo And His Orchestra
15 Seven Come Eleven Red Norvo All Star Sextet
16 Blue Skies Red Norvo Quintet
17 Just One Of Those Things Benny Goodman Quintet
18 Bugle Call Rag Teddy Wilson Quintet
19 Slipped Disc Benny Goodman Sextet
20 Congo Blues Red Norvo And His Selected Sextet
21 Hallellujah Red Norvo And His Selected Sextet
22 Ghost Of A Chance Red Norvo And His Orchestra
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Slammin' The Gate Slam Stewart Quintet
2 Igor Woody Herman and his Woodchoppers
3 The Varsity Drag Benny Goodman Sextet
4 I'll Follow You Red Norvo Septet
5 Swedish Pastry Red Norvo Trio
6 September Song Red Norvo Trio
7 Move Red Norvo Trio
8 If I Had You Red Norvo Trio
9 Godchild Red Norvo Trio
10 J9 Hate K9 Red Norvo Trio
11 Bernie's Tune Red Norvo Trio
12 Bockhanal Jack Montrose
13 Just A Mood Red Norvo Sextet
14 My Funny Valentine Red Norvo Quintet
15 Tenor Blooz Joe Morello Sextet :
16 Poeme Red Norvo
17 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise Benny Goodman & His Orch
18 After You've Gone Benny Goodman Sextet
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