by Red NorvoRed Norvo


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Xylophonist and bandleader Red Norvo was nearing the end of his popular big-band period when these 23 tunes were recorded between May and September 1938. Most of the songs are sung either by the mellifluous Mildred Bailey or the somewhat sappy Terry Allen. Clarinet solos are by Hank D'Amico and the band's arrangements were written by saxophonist Frank Simeone or Eddie Sauter. This album matches up to some extent with two installments in Norvo's portion of the Classics Chronological Series; the difference lies in certain tracks which were issued by Classics as part of their Mildred Bailey retrospective. Either way, Norvo spent much of the late '30s leading a big band that often seemed to exist mainly as background for sweet or novelty vocals. By the end of 1939 he was ready for something new. His adventures during the '40s would leave much of his '30s big-band work sounding comparatively quaint and at times contrived.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/1997
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366105022
catalogNumber: 1050

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Norvo   Primary Artist,Xylophone
Mildred Bailey   Vocals
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
George Wettling   Drums
George Berg   Trumpet,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George   Trombone
Jack Palmer   Trumpet
Andy Russo   Trombone
Frank Simeone   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Pete Peterson   Bass
Maurice Kogan   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Barney Zudecoff   Trumpet
Bill Miller   Piano
Terry Allen   Vocals
Jack Owens   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Composer
Red Norvo   Composer
Hank D'Amico   Arranger
Chick Webb   Composer
Van Alexander   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Eddie Sauter   Arranger
James Van Heusen   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Chris Sheridan   Liner Notes
Frank Simeone   Arranger
John R.T. Davies   Producer
Alastair Robertson   Producer
Frank Churchill   Composer
Harold Spina   Composer
Walter Bullock   Composer

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