Tal Farlow & Red Norvo: On Stage
Truly an all-star session with plenty of solos and fours, the program brought out well-worn standards for the festival audience. Hank Jones displays his light piano touch a cappella on "The Very Thought of You," coloring every phrase with expressive right hand motion and carefully selected left-hand harmony. Performed as a quartet without guitar, "The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else" features piano and vibraphone trading fours with similar styles, both of them delicate and swinging. Farlow begins his medley of "A Time for Love" and "My Romance" unaccompanied and with subtle fire before bringing the quartet together again; Norvo lays out for that one. We lost Tal Farlow in 1998 and Red Norvo in 1999. Their decision to lead an all-star reunion twenty-three years ago resulted in a superb album that’s finally available on CD.
Track Listing: The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else; A Time for Love / My Romance; Lullaby of Birdland; My Shining Hour; The Very Thought of You; Rose Room / In A Mellow Tone.
Personnel: Tal Farlow- guitar; Red Norvo- vibraphone; Hank Jones- piano; Ray Brown- bass; Jake Hanna- drums.
Record Label: Concord Music Group