Red Norvo

1936-1937

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The first two selections on this chronological reissue of Red Norvo's early recordings has the xylophonist jamming "I Got Rhythm" and "Lady Be Good" in an octet in early 1936. Otherwise he is featured with his 12 to 13 piece big band on 21 selections, 13 of which have vocals by his wife Mildred Bailey (including "A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid," "It's Love I'm After," "Smoke Dreams," and "Slummin' on Park Avenue"). The instrumentals are highlighted by "I Know That You Know," "Remember" (famous for trumpeter Stew Pletcher's odd solo), "I Would Do Anything for You," and "Jiving the Jeep." Eddie Sauter's arrangements and Norvo's xylophone gave the big band its own unique musical personality.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:44
2 3:02
3 3:02
4 3:15
5 2:53
6 3:16
7 3:06
8 2:53
9 2:58
10 3:05
11 3:17
12 2:58
13 3:05
14 2:40
15 2:56
16 3:15
17 2:44
18 2:57
19 3:05
20 2:56
21 2:25
22 3:15
23 2:51
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