Monday, April 18, 2011

Definitive Robert Normann, vol. 2

The legendary guitarist Robert Normann is a giant in Norwegian jazz. The internationally renowned player is acknowledged as one of the instrument’s true original pioneers. Even Django Reinhardt was known to admire this master of swing on six strings, he once said: “Why do you want me to come to Norway ? You’ve got Robert Normann !” The quiet and modest self-taught guitar icon was a master of swing, phrasing, note choices, accompaniment and soloing. One of the first to experiment with guitar improvisation, Normann is credited as being one of the founders of Norwegian jazz. This second compilation in the ‘definitive Normann collection’ series covers the height of his career from the early 40s to the 50s. The multi-faceted life of the six-string genius is covered by the excellent liner notes and the selection of tracks represents a worthy portrait of Normann. The world-class guitarist is immortalized on this series of compilations – the definitive collection of Normann’s musical universe.
Tomas Lauvland Pettersen
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Robert Normann
The definitive collection, vol. 2


1 Ding Dong Dang (Thunes) 2:50
2 Skumring (Ottersen) 3:00
3 Promenade (Normann) 2:28
4 Opus I (Normann) 2:54
5 Monolitt (Westbye) 3:04
6 Sigarett Stomp (Westbye, Malm, Hansen) 3:11
7 Bob's Vuggesang (Normann) 3:13
8 Opus 7 (Normann) 3:31
9 Love in Bloom (Robin, Rainger) 3:01
10 Gotta be this or that (Skyler) 2:47
11 78 Jump (Skyler) 2:47
12 Bagatell (Ottersen) 2:38
13 Rythmenes Makt (Ottersen) 2:38
14 Cocktails for Two (Ottersen) 3:03
15 Introduction Music to "
Vi Har Det" (unknow) 1:14
16 Part of "Tico-Tico" (Abeu, Olivieira) 0:45
17 Medley :
a. Robert's Riff (Normann) 1:00
b. Rhumba (unknow) 1:37
C. Nancy (With a Laughin Face) (VanHeusen) 1:26
c. Robert's Boogie (Normann) 1:07

Robert Normann, Frank Ottersen, Lulle Kristoffersen, Frank Aasen, John Veiglum, Syv Muntre, Pete Brown, Frank Andersen, Willy Andersen, Gunnar Tuft, Pete Brown, Bjarne Nerem, etc...

Recorded in Oslo, between July 14, 1942 & December 11, 1954

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Melanchthon said...

zero said...

The little I've heard from Normann makes me interested in getting better acquainted. Thanks for the chance.

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for the introduction to Mr. Normann Mel. This looks like a very interesting album.

deGallo said...

Thank you for Norman.

Frank Dell said...

Great stuff, sir. Thank you.

Guelda said...

"Monolitt" is fun :)

I think I heard his name a while ago, but never had the opportunity to listen. Thanks to you I know can agree he was one of the first great masters, in whom you can easily detect Django's influence (ideas, sound, etc.) of course.

Thanks for sharing Mel

Peter said...

Amazing stuff you find, Mel.

And there was I thinking Norwegian Jazz began more or less with the arrival of Manfred Eicher ....

Thanks for making this available!

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