Red Norvo: The Modern Red NorvoBy
Not concerned with whether a particular artist fit his style, it is apparent that Norvo on these two sessions was looking for musicians that could play and play brilliantly.
The collection begins with a very compelling collection for his Sextet. While Norvo enlisted musicians from his era such as Teddy Wilson and Slam Stewart, he augmented them with none other than Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. On paper, this pairing shouldn’t work, but upon hitting the play button, it is more than evident that the musicians were there to serve the music not their particular styles and the result is nothing short of wonderful.
Next series of recordings stem from three trio sessions in which Norvo played with Tal Farlow on guitar and a bassist he hunted down and found working at a Los Angeles post office named Charles Mingus. Again, the same prejudice exists looking at the line-up, but again, the sessions turn up some tasty recording and even interesting alternate takes.
What makes the release one of the best in the series is not only the gems that it includes, but the detailed liner notes from the producers. You follow them as they painstakingly recount their journey collecting and annotating this collection.
A joyous surprise lies in-store for all who listen!!
Disc One 1. Congo Blues - Take C (master) 2. Congo Blues - Take B (alt) 3. Hallelujah - Take F (master) 4. Hallelujah - Take E (alt) 5. Slam Slam Blues - Take B (master) 6. Slam Slam Blues (alt) 7. Get Happy - Take D (master) 8. Get Happy - Take B (alt) 9. Swedish Pastry 10. Swedish Pastry - alt 11. Cheek to Cheek 12. Cheek to Cheek - alt. 13. Cheek to Cheek - Take 5 - alt., unissued 14. Night and Day 15. Night and Day - alt. 16. Time and Tide 17. Prelude to a Kiss 18. 'Deed I Do 19. Mood Indigo 20. Mood Indigo - alt, unissued Disc two 1. September Song 2. Move 3. I've Got You Under My Skin 4. I'll Remember April 5. I'll Remember April - LP master 6. I Get a Kick Out of You 7. I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me 8. Little White Lies 9. Have You Met Miss Jones? 10. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart 11. If I Had You - Take 4 12. If I had You - Take 2 13. This Can't Be Love - Take 3 14. This Can't Be Love - Take 1 15. This Can't Be Love - Take 2 16-19. God Child 20-21. I'm Yours
Red Norvo - vibes Dizzy Gillespie - trumpet Charlie Parker - alto sax Flip Phillips - tenor sax Teddy Wilson - piano Slam Stewart - bass J.C. Heard - drums Tal Farow - guitar Charles Mingus - bass
Title: The Modern Red Norvo | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Savoy Jazz
Post a comment about this album
FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZAll About Jazz has been a pillar of jazz since 1995, championing it as an art form and, more importantly, supporting the musicians who create it. Our enduring commitment has made "AAJ" one of the most culturally important websites of its kind, read by hundreds of thousands of fans, musicians and industry figures every month.
WE NEED YOUR HELPTo expand our coverage even further and develop new means to foster jazz discovery and connectivity we need your help. You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky ads plus provide access to future articles for a full year. This winning combination will vastly improve your AAJ experience and allow us to vigorously build on the pioneering work we first started in 1995. So enjoy an ad-free AAJ experience and help us remain a positive beacon for jazz by making a donation today.
About Red Norvo
Instrument: VibraphoneArticle Coverage | Albums | Photos | Similar Artists