Red Norvo & His Overseas Spotlight Band

The Legendary V-Disc Masters (1943-1944), Vol. 1

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This CD from the VJC label features vibraphonist Red Norvo's V-Disc sessions of 1943-44. Most of the music (which includes some breakdowns and alternate takes) finds Norvo leading an octet that includes trumpeter Dale Pearce, trombonist Dick Taylor, clarinetist Aaron Sachs and the tenor of Flip Phillips; Carol Bruce has three vocals and Helen Ward takes two, but the highpoints are instrumental versions of "1-2-3-4 Jump," "Seven Come Eleven" and "Flyin' Home." The last three titles (from 1944) feature Norvo leading a quintet with clarinetist Aaron Sachs. Overall, this CD contains plenty of fine examples of late swing, just before the influence of bop began to be felt on the principle's styles. Recommended to fans of the era.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Carol Bruce
5:09
2 0:25
3 2:13
4 2:05
5 3:55
6 4:02
7 4:21
8 5:17
9 4:24
10
feat: Red Norvo
0:15
11 0:40
12
feat: Red Norvo
4:37
13 4:44
14 3:37
15 5:03
16 5:02
17 5:07
18 4:55
19 4:49
20 4:47
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