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Red Norvo (1908-99) was a xylophone virtuoso who led a hit band and became “Mr. and Mrs. Swing” with vocal star Mildred Bailey. A featured soloist with Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, he later formed a ground-breaking trio with bassist Charles Mingus. Geoffrey Smith surveys a remarkable career.

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Sun 21 Apr 2019 00:00

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  • Red Norvo Quintet

    Knockin' On Wood

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 1.
  • Red Norvo

    Dance Of The Octopus

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 3.
  • Red Norvo and His Swing Septet

    Old Fashioned Love

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 4.
  • Red Norvo & His Swing Octet

    Bughouse

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 6.
  • Red Norvo and His Orchestra

    Decca Stomp

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 7.
  • Red Norvo Blackhawk Orchestra

    Remember

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 9.
  • Mildred Bailey & Red Norvo and His Orchestra

    A Porter'S Love Song To A Chambermaid

    • Mildred Bailey - The Rockin' Chair Lady.
    • Retrospective.
    • 17.
  • Teddy Wilson Quartet

    Just A Mood Pt.2

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 10.
  • The Benny Goodman Sextet

    Slipped Disc

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 19.
  • Red Norvo & His Selected Sextet

    Hallellujah

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 21.
  • Red Norvo and His Orchestra

    A Ghost Of A Chance

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 22.
  • Woody Herman and His Woodchoppers

    Igor

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 2.
  • The Red Norvo Trio

    Swedish Pastry

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 5.
  • Red Norvo

    Poeme

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 16.
  • Benny Goodman and His Orchestra

    The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

    • The Red Norvo Collection 1933 - 60.
    • Acrobat.
    • 17.

Red Norvo

TITLE                   KNOCKIN’ ON WOOD

Artists:                  Red Norvo Quintet

Composers:        Red Norvo

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (xylophone);  Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet); Fulton McGrath (piano); Dick McDonough (guitar); Artie Bernstein (bass)

 

TITLE                 DANCE OF THE OCTOPUS

Artists:                Red Norvo

Composers:        Red Norvo

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (marimba);  Benny Goodman (bass clarinet); Dick McDonough (guitar); Artie Bernstein (bass)

 

 

TITLE                  OLD FASHIONED LOVE

Artists:                 Red Norvo and His Swing Septet

Composers:        James P.Johnson/Cecil Mack

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                 Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (xylophone); Artie Shaw (clarinet); Charlie Barnet (tenor sax); Jack Jenny (trombone); Teddy Wilson (piano); Bobby Johnson (guitar); Hank Wayland (bass); Bill Gussak (drums)

 

 

TITLE                  BUGHOUSE

Artists:                 Red Norvo and His Swing Octet

Composers:        Irving Mills/Red Norvo/Teddy Wilson

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (xylophone); Bunny Berigan (trumpet); Jack Jenny (trombone); Chu Berry (tenor); Johnny Mintz (clarinet); Teddy Wilson (piano); George Van Eps (guitar);  Artie Bernstein (bass);  Gene Krupa (drums)

 

 

TITLE                  DECCA STOMP

Artists:                 Red Norvo and His Orchestra

Composers:        Red Norvo

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (xylophone); Herbie Haymer (tenor sax); Stew Pletcher (trumpet);  Donald McCook (clarinet)

 

 

TITLE                  REMEMBER

Artists:                 Red Norvo Blackhawk Orchestra

Composers:        Irving Berlin / arr. - Eddie Sauter

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (xylophone); Hank D’Amico (clarinet); Stew Pletcher (trumpet); Herbie Haymer (tenor sax)

 

 

TITLE                 A PORTER’S LOVE SONG TO A CHAMBERMAID

Artists:                Mildred Bailey & Red Norvo and His Orchestra

Composers:        Andy Razaf / James P. Johnson

Album Title:        Mildred Bailey: The Rockin' Chair Lady

Label:                  Retrospective RTS4344

Performers:       Mildred Bailey (vocal);

 

 

TITLE                 JUST A MOOD PART 2

Artists:                Teddy Wilson Quartet

Composers:        Teddy Wilson

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (xylophone); Harry James (trumpet); Teddy Wilson (piano);  John Simmons (bass)

 

 

TITLE                  SLIPPED DISC

Artists:                 Benny Goodman Sextet

Composers:        Benny Goodman

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (vibes);  Benny Goodman (clarinet); Teddy Wilson (piano); Slam Stewart (bass); Mike Bryan (guitar); Morey Feld (drums)

 

 

TITLE                  HALLELLUJAH

Artists:                 Red Norvo and His Selected Sextet

Composers:        Clifford Grey

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                   Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (vibes);  Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet); Charlie Parker (alto sax); Flip Phillips (tenor sax); Teddy Wilson (piano); Slam Stewart (bass);  Specs Powell (drums)

 

 

TITLE                  GHOST OF A CHANCE

Artists:                 Red Norvo and His Orchestra

Composers:        Victor Young/Ned Washington/Bing Crosby

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                 Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (vibes);  Shorty Rogers (trumpet); Remo Palmieri (guitar); Teddy Wilson (piano);  Slam Stewart (bass)

 

 

TITLE                 IGOR

Artists:                Woody Herman and his Woodchoppers

Composers:        Red Norvo/Shorty Rogers

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Woody Herman (clarinet); Red Norvo (vibes); Shorty Rogers (trumpet); Bill Harris (trombone); Flip Phillips (tenor sax); Jimmy Rowles (piano); Billy Bauer (guitar); Chubby Jackson (bass); Don Lamond (drums)

 

 

TITLE                 SWEDISH PASTRY

Artists:                Red Norvo Trio

Composers:        Barney Kessel

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                 Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (vibes); Tal Farlow (guitar); Charles Mingus (bass)

 

 

TITLE                 POEME

Artists:                Red Norvo

Composers:        Jack Montrose

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                  Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Red Norvo (vibes); Buddy Collette (flute); Bill Smith (clarinet); Barney Kessel (guitar);   Red Mitchell (bass); Shelly Manne (drums)

 

 

TITLE                 THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE

Artists:                 Benny Goodman & His Orchestra

Composers:        Ernest Seitz/Eugene Lockhart

Album Title:        The Red Norvo Collection 1933-60

Label:                   Acrobat FADCD2051

Performers:       Benny Goodman (clarinet); Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Urbie Green (trombone); Red Norvo (vibraphone); John Bunch (piano); Jimmy Wyble (guitar); John Mosher (bass); John Markham (drums)

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