Personnel: Red Norvo (vibraphone, xylophone); Ella Mae Morse, Mavis Rivers (vocals); Jimmy Wyble (guitar); John Markham (drums).
Liner Note Author: Peter Jacobson.
Recording information: United Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (1962).
Photographer: William Claxton.
This CD, taken from radio transcriptions cut for the radio show "The Navy Swings," features vibraphonist Red Norvo's group in 1962, which by itself is rather notable, for Norvo made no other recordings as a leader from 1960-68. Red's quintet (which also includes guitarist Al Viola, pianist Jack Wilson, bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Bill Goodwin) plays very much in the cool-toned but often heated style of his earlier trios. Mavis Rivers and Ella Mae Morse take a total of three vocals, but it is the 11 instrumentals (counting four alternate takes) that are particularly memorable, most notably "Spider's Web," "Lena and Lenny" and "Rhee, O, Rhee." ~ Scott Yanow