Knockin' on Wood

Knockin' on Wood

by Red NorvoRed Norvo


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This Living Era portrait of Red Norvo presents some of the very best recordings he made between 1933 and 1946. The journey begins with three early "chamber music" sides featuring Norvo's hybrid xylophone/marimba, Jimmy Dorsey's clarinet, Benny Goodman's bass clarinet, Artie Bernstein's string bass, and Dick McDonough's guitar. Legend has it that Norvo waited until after midnight to record "Dance of the Octopus" and Bix Beiderbecke's "In a Mist," surreptitiously dodging the presence of an intolerant and narrow-minded A&R director who later raised hell when these very unusual recordings were issued to the public. Several small swing band sides form the artistic kernel of Norvo's early recording career. Teamed variously with clarinetist Artie Shaw, tenor saxophonists Charlie Barnet and Chu Berry, trumpeter Bunny Berigan, pianist Teddy Wilson, and drummer Gene Krupa, Norvo cut a series of records that still seem to glow with an irresistible collective persona. There are excellent examples of Norvo's big band with and without vocals by his wife Mildred Bailey; an amazing six minute and fifty seconds of "Just a Mood" featuring the trumpet of Harry James; Norvo's 1943 Overseas Spotlight Band; his Keynote All Star Sextet; magnificent small units led by clarinetists Edmond Hall and Benny Goodman; a stunning run through Vincent Youmans' "Hallelujah" in the company of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie; a segment of the Red Norvo Quintet's performance at Eddie Condon's 1945 Town Hall Jazz Concert; and an invigorating example of how Norvo sounded with Woody Herman's bop-addled Woodchoppers in 1946. Excellent vintage jazz, intelligently reissued.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625534122
catalogNumber: 5341

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Norvo   Primary Artist,Marimbas,Xylophone,Vibes
Mildred Bailey   Vocals
Charlie Barnet   Tenor Saxophone
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Bunny Berigan   Trumpet
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Bass Clarinet
Bill Harris   Trombone
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Harry James   Trumpet
Gene Krupa   Drums
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Specs Powell   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Artie Shaw   Clarinet
Slam Stewart   Bass
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Sonny Berman   Trumpet
Ralph Burns   Piano
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Carl Kress   Guitar
Johnny Mince   Clarinet
Aaron Sachs   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Howard Smith   Piano
George Wettling   Drums
George Van Eps   Guitar
Don Lamond   Drums
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Dick Taylor   Trombone
George Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet
Morey Feld   Drums
George   Trombone
Herbie Haymer   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Hyland   Trumpet
Clyde Lombardi   Bass
Jack Palmer   Trumpet
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Moe Purtill   Drums
Andy Russo   Trombone
Eddie Sauter   Trumpet
John Simmons   Bass
Hank Wayland   Bass
John Williams [double bass]   Bass
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Charlie Lamphere   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Liss   Piano
Mastren   Trombone
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Stew Pletcher   Trumpet
Frank Simeone   Alto Saxophone
Pete Peterson   Bass
Dale Pearce   Trumpet
Slats Long   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Maurice Kogan   Alto Saxophone
Barney Zudecoff   Trumpet
Eddie Dell   Drums
Bill Miller   Piano
Eddie Meyers   Trumpet
Leo Moran   Trombone
Bobby Johnson   Guitar
Alan Hanion   Guitar
Bill Otto   Piano
Jack Owens   Trumpet

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Arranger
Vic Bellerby   Liner Notes

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