Red Norvo

Dance of the Octopus

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The first 26 selections that xylophonist Red Norvo ever led are on this essential (and generous) CD. Among the many illustrious sidemen are future bandleaders Benny Goodman (heard on bass clarinet during memorable versions of "In a Mist" and "Dance of the Octopus"), Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Jack Jenney, Charlie Barnet, and Bunny Berigan in addition to Chu Berry, Teddy Wilson, and Gene Krupa. While the first half of the program features all-star groups, the later tracks are prime examples of small-group swing with arranger Eddie Sauter's mellophone, Stew Pletcher's trumpet, and Herbie Haymer's tenor playing key roles. This readily available CD from the Scottish label Hep contains more than its share of classic performances, and is essential.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:55 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:20 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
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2:13 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:35 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
21 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:34 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
24 3:05 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
26 3:04 SpotifyAmazon
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