Red Norvo was one of jazz’s early vibraphonists. An unusual star during the swing era, he helped establish the xylophone, marimba and vibraphone as jazz instruments. His career began in Chicago in 1925 with a band called “The Collegians”. He subsequently played with many other bands, including, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, and Woody Herman. Norvo had a quieter yet no-less fluent style than Lionel Hampton. He recorded with Mildred Bailey (his wife), Billie Holiday, Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra. Norvo and his wife were known as “Mr. and Mrs. Swing”. This 2xHD remastered album contains recordings from two sessions made in New York, NY and Hollywood, Ca.
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Nagra-T Tape Recorder
Horus, Merging Technologies
Rene Laflamme – Analog to DSD 256 transfer
Les Line and Harry Lim
Tracks 1-4: Richard Blakin, Tracks 5-8: Tom Perry
Tracks 1-4: Famous Door: Recorded 1974, A&R Recording Studios, New York, Tracks 5-8: Recorded 1975, Hollywood Sound Records, Hollywood
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
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|Release Date||December 12, 2018|
This long out of print album from the defunct Famous Door label was vibraphonist Red Norvo’s first date as a leader in five years (since an Affinity session with the Newport All-Stars). Although largely neglected in the 1960s, Norvo was still in prime form as he shows on such numbers as “The One I Love,” “Tea for Two,” and “Runnin’ Wild.”
He is heard either with a quartet, also including pianist Hank Jones, bassist Milt Hinton, and drummer Jo Jones, or a quintet with pianist Jimmie Rowles, bassist Gene Cherico, drummer Donald Bailey, and guitarist Lloyd Ellis. High quality swing from one of the great vibraphonists.
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