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Red Norvo: The Modern Red Norvo

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Red Norvo: The Modern Red Norvo The most interesting of the initial three Savoy Jazz reissues is the Modern Red Norvo release. This long overdue collection features Norvo’s virtuostic vibraphone playing, but while he comes from the big band school (having played with Paul Whitehead orchestra), the personel that surround Norvo provide a fascinating glimpse into an artist and a music in transition.

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!!


Track Listing: 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

Personnel: 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

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Savoy Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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