Red Norvo Quintet: Red Norvo (vibes); Jerry Dodgion (reeds); Jimmy Wyble (guitar); Red Wootten (bass, drums).
Recorded live on December 31, 1957. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Red Norvo (vibraphone, background vocals); Jimmy Wyble (guitar); John Markham, Red Wootten (drums).
Liner Note Author: Leonard Feather.
Recording information: 12/31/1957.
The music on this CD, taken from a New Year's Eve concert, had never been issued prior to the release of this CD by Reference in 1991. With Jerry Dodgion (mostly on alto and flute), guitarist Jimmy Wyble, bassist Red Wooten and drummer John Markham being his sidemen, this was a well-integrated group despite the lack of major names. Norvo's vibe playing was in its prime and he is in excellent form during a wide-ranging set that ranges from "My Funny Valentine" and "When You're Smiling" to Quincy Jones's "For Lena and Lennie" and "How's Your Mother in Law"; the repertoire includes quite a few obscurities. This surprisingly well-recorded CD is well worth picking up as an example of Red Norvo's playing in the latter half of the 1950s. ~ Scott Yanow