Knockin' on Wood

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625534122
  • Catalog Number: 5341

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Knockin' on Wood (2:53)
  2. 2 In a Mist (3:16)
  3. 3 Dance of the Octopus (3:18)
  4. 4 Tomboy (2:41)
  5. 5 Honeysuckle Rose (2:47)
  6. 6 Bughouse (2:47)
  7. 7 Blues in E Flat (2:59)
  8. 8 I Got Rhythm (2:47)
  9. 9 A Porter's Love Song to a Chambermaid (3:17)
  10. 10 Smoke Dreams (3:08)
  11. 11 Remember (3:18)
  12. 12 Jivin' the Jeep (3:07)
  13. 13 Just a Mood (6:52)
  14. 14 Just You, Just Me (2:55)
  15. 15 Seven Come Eleven (4:19)
  16. 16 Flying Home (4:18)
  17. 17 Rompin' in 44 (4:04)
  18. 18 The Man I Love (4:17)
  19. 19 Slipped Disc (3:16)
  20. 20 Hallelujah (3:56)
  21. 21 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (3:56)
  22. 22 Igor (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Red Norvo Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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
Al 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
Al 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
John Klenner Composer
Lloyd Shaffer Composer
Tedd Steele Composer
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