Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Music to Listen to Red Norvo By

Although vibraphonist Red Norvo is the leader of this sextet date, clarinetist Bill Smith (who contributed the 20-minute four-movement "Divertimento") often sets the tone for the music. His work has classical elements to it, but the five shorter pieces (by Jack Montrose, Barney Kessel, Lennie Niehaus, Duane Tatro, and Norvo) are much more jazz oriented. Norvo's light-toned sextet (which consists of his vibes, flutist Buddy Collette, clarinetist Bill Smith, guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Shelly Manne) was not a regularly working unit, but it sounds well-integrated and tight during the complex, but generally swinging, music.
Scott Yanow

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Red Norvo
Music to Listen to Red Norvo By


1 Poeme (Montrose)  5:53
2 Red Sails (Kessel)  3:51
3 The Red Broom (Norvo)  4:37
4 Rubricity (Tatro)  3:54
5 Paying the Dues Blues (Niehaus)  4:53

Divertimento (Smith)
 6 1st Movement  4:18
7 2nd Movement  6:42
8 3rd Movement  4:43
9 4th Movement  4:18


Red Norvo - vb
Buddy Collette - fl
Bill Smith - cl
Barney Kessel - g
Red Mitchell - g
Shelly Manne - dr

Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles ; January 26, February 9 & March 2, 1957


Pippo said...

Very very interesting, a big thank you for sharing Melanchthon.

cephus said...


AmyBRAINS said...

Great post Melanchthon.
Many, many thanks.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

furnguy said...


jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Paco's brother said...


stringbender said...

Many thanks for posting this lovely recording!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Muchas gracias por toda tu música y por tu trabajo en ponerla aquí para todos. Un saludo

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank you.


Where are the links gone ?

Melanchthon said...

Historicus said...


glinka21 said...

Thanks for putting this back up. I'd swear it was here for a week or so a year ago, but I missed it, and it was gone when I came looking.

elpeleon said...

Y una joya mas ! Gracias Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

FYI - Expired files here.