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RED NORVO - Knockin' On Wood - His 44 Finest 1933-1958

RED NORVO - Knockin' On Wood - His 44 Finest 1933-1958
CD / Product Number: RTS4362

Retrospective pays a unique tribute to the jazz pioneer of the xylophone and vibes, American bandleader Kenneth Norville (1908-1999), who achieved fame as Red Norvo.
Knockin’ On Wood (the title of his first solo record) presents a 2-hour, 38-minute survey of the 25-year zenith of the virtuoso’s extraordinary career, beginning with the best of his epoch-making small group recordings: classics on which he plays alongside the likes of Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Artie Shaw and Bunny Berigan.
After playing with Goodman and Woody Herman, Norvo began the 50s with his famous trio (Tal Farlow and Charlie Mingus and, later, Jimmy Raney and Red Mitchell), and six choice numbers are included featuring both trio line-ups (Swedish Pastry to Bernie’s Tune). The whole heady mix is rounded off with 6 late-50s highlights from Norvo’s small groups (First Things First) and orchestra (Britt’s Blues). It is fascinating to compare both recordings of the celebrated Just A Mood, the first with Harry James from 1937 and, 20 years later, the second with Harry Sweets Edison. It all adds up to one of the finest of Retrospective’s vintage jazz issues.


Disc 1

1. Knockin' On Wood
2. Hole in the Wall
3. In a Mist
4. Moon Country
5. Old-fashioned Love
6. Tomboy
7. Bughouse
8. Blues in E Flat
9. Decca Stomp
10. I Got Rhythm
11. A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid
12. Smoke Dreams
13. Remember?
14. Jivin' the Jeep
15. Just a Mood
16. Honeysuckle Rose
17. Some Like It Hot
18. Seven Come Eleven
19. Flying Home
20. N.R.C. Jump
21. Smooth Sailing
22. Slipped Disc
23. Slammin' the Gate

Disc 2

1. Hallelujah!
2. The Man I Love
3. A Ghost of a Chance
4. Igor
5. I Surrender, Dear
6. I'll Follow You
7. Bop!
8. Twelfth Street Rag
9. Swedish Pastry
10. Night and Day
11. September Song
12. Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
13. Lover, Come Back to Me
14. Bernie's Tune
15. Tenor Blooz
16. Just a Mood
17. First Things First
18. I'm Confessin' That I Love You
19. Mountain Greenery
20. Britt's Blues
21. Garden of the Moon