Live from the Blue Gardens

Live from the Blue Gardens

by Red Norvo


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Live from the Blue Gardens

Red Norvo's 1942 big band only recorded two songs and was otherwise completely undocumented. However, a tape of a radio broadcast was saved by trombonist Eddie Bert through the years and released on CD in 1992 by Music Masters. Although, other than Bert and singer Helen Ward, Norvo's sidemen are quite obscure, he had a very interesting band throughout this period; the largest he ever led. Norvo (who plays xylophone here but would switch permanently to vibraphone the next year) leads an orchestra comprised of three trumpets, three trombones, five reeds (including Sam Spumberg who tripled on tenor, oboe and English horn), a standard rhythm section and up to four vocalists. With colorful arrangements provided by Johnny Thompson, Norvo and his quietly powerful crew perform a variety of standards from the era plus five originals by the leader. This appealing and rather historical set is easily recommended to swing collectors.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1992
UPC: 0016126509020
catalogNumber: 65090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Norvo   Primary Artist,Xylophone
Eddie Bert   Trombone,Vocals
Helen Ward   Vocals
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Jimmy Salko   Trumpet
Jack King   Trumpet
Freddy Artzberger   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Gemus   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Joe Kawchak   Bass
Johnny Mazet   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Spumberg   English Horn,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Vesley   Drums
Abe Noel   Trombone
Kay Allen   Vocals
Leo Conners   Trombone
Sal Dettore   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bob Kennedy   Trumpet
Fran Snyder   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddie Bert   Programming
Bobby Jones   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Gregory K. Squires   Programming,Contributor
Jack Towers   Contributor
W. Royal Stokes   Liner Notes,Liner Note Preparation
Public Domain   Composer
Bernie Grossman   Composer
Billy Frisch   Composer
Leon FLatow   Composer

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