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  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Avid Jazz
  • ASIN: B00HT88XRS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Dancing on the Ceiling (Dancing on the Ceiling) 3:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
  2. Lover, Come Back to Me (Dancing on the Ceiling) 3:08£0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. I Remember You (Dancing on the Ceiling) 3:27£0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Skylark (Dancing on the Ceiling) 3:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Good Bait (Dancing on the Ceiling) 3:07£0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Strike up the Band (Dancing on the Ceiling) 2:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. The Spider's Web (Dancing on the Ceiling) 2:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Tenderly (Dancing on the Ceiling) 2:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
10. Says My Heart (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
11. You Leave Me Breathless (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:11£0.89  Buy MP3 
12. My Last Affair (Red Norvo in Stereo) 4:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
13. Garden of the Moon (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:05£0.89  Buy MP3 
14. They Can't Take That Away from Me (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
15. Why Do I Love You (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
16. It's Wonderful (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:23£0.89  Buy MP3 
17. I Was Doing All Right (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
18. (I've Been) Saving Myself for You (Red Norvo in Stereo) 3:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
19. I See Your Face Before Me (Red Norvo in Stereo) 2:33£0.89  Buy MP3 
20. Some Like It Hot (Red Norvo in Stereo) 2:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
21. Britt's Blues (Red Plays the Blues) 5:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
22. The Night Is Blue (Red Plays the Blues) 7:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
23. Shed No Tears (Red Plays the Blues) 4:40£0.89  Buy MP3 
24. Easy on the Eye (Red Plays the Blues) 7:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
25. Just a Mood (Red Plays the Blues) 6:54£0.89  Buy MP3 
26. I Sing the Blues (Red Plays the Blues) 7:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
27. Sunrise Blues (Red Plays the Blues) 8:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
28. Poeme (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 5:58£0.89  Buy MP3 
29. Red Sails (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 3:56£0.89  Buy MP3 
30. The Red Broom (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 4:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
31. Rubricity (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 3:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
32. Paying the Dues Blues (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 4:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
33. Divertimento - 1st Movement (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 4:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
34. Divertimento - 2nd Movement (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 6:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
35. Divertimento - 3rd Movement (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 4:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
36. Divertimento - 4th Movement (Music to Listen to Red Norvo By) 4:20£0.89  Buy MP3 

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AVID Jazz presents four classic Red Norvo albums including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Dancing On The Ceiling', 'Red Norvo In Stereo', 'Red Plays The Blues' and 'Music To Listen To Red Norvo By' We kick things off with 'Dancing On The Ceiling' recorded across 1952 and 1953 in Los Angeles and New York respectively and featuring alongside vibesman Red Norvo, Tal Farlow on guitar and Red Mitchell on bass from '52, with Jimmy Raney replacing Farlow in '53! 'Red Norvo In Stereo' moves us ahead to 1958 where we find Red with his Orchestra accompanied by amongst others, Don Fagerquist on trumpet, Bud Shank and Bill Perkins on reeds, Jimmy Rowes on piano and Helen Humes on vocals, with arrangements by Eddie Sauter. This album is something of a return to his big band days of the thirties when he toured the Mr and Mrs Swing Band with his wife, the singer Mildred Bailey. With Helen Humes taking Ms Baileys place the band return to the good humoured swinging days of the thirties. A pretty heavyweight line up takes us into our next offering 'Red Plays The Blues' with Red joined by Willie Smith and Harold Land on reeds, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Ray Sims on trombone, Mel Lewis on drums, Helen Humes on vocals. The four tracks featuring Harry Edison on trumpet, Ben Webster on tenor sax, Bob Carter on bass and Bill Douglas on drums are described in the original liner notes as 'among the most durable jazz recordings released this year'……and quoting from Bob Brookmeyer while referencing Webster and Edison…'when they put their instruments to their lips…………..they have become extensions of their horns'. And finally……'Music To Listen To Red Norvo By' has Red's name on the front cover but is rather a showcase for the extended works of clarinettist and music scholar Bill Smith. His four part movement Divertimento takes elements of classical and jazz composition, a movement that was becoming popular at the time with musicians such as Gunther Schuller, George Russell and Jimmy Guiffre. Musicians include Red Norvo on vibes, Buddy Collette on flute, Bill Smith on clarinet, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass and Shelly Manne on drums. All four albums have been digitally re-mastered

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neddy Seagoon on 22 May 2014
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Red Norvo does not always get the recognition due to him as an instrumentalist and arranger. This 2 disc set is a varied selection from the fifties where he plays small group sessions and with larger combos with a variety of "West coast2 musicians and the estimable vocalist, Helen humes also features prominently. There are some stellar names in the various groups including Tal Farlow, jimmy Raney, Shelley Manne, and 3 tracks featuring Harry Edison and Ben Webster. well worth the modest price tag !!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2014
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The oldest of the four albums here is "Dancing on the Ceiling" which was recorded for Decca over four sessions between July 1952 and April 1953. To begin with the trio comprised Red Mitchell on bass and Tal Farlow on guitar, but the latter was replaced midway by Jimmy Raney. "Music to Listen to Red Norvo by" was recorded in early 1957, with a sextet that included Buddy Collette on flute, Bill Smith on clarinet, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell, and Shelly Manne on drums. "Red Plays the Blues" was the product of two sessions; the first in January 1957, the second twelve months later, and "Red Norvo in Stereo" was recorded in March 1958. with a 13-piece orchestra.

My preference is for the two earlier albums, particularly "Dancing on the Ceiling", where the accompaniment provides the perfect setting for his vibes, which he deploys to good effect in a set of standards. The sextet album is ostensibly under Norvo's leadership, but composer/clarinettist Bill Smith is much to the fore, and the album concludes with his complex four-movement Divertimento. I suspect that for some this will be the main attraction. "Red Plays the Blues" offers four tracks from the earlier session by a sextet including Harry Edison and Ben Webster, and three by a 13-piece orchestra, with vocals on two by singer Helen Humes. Finally "Red Norvo in Stereo" offers 12 standards by a 14-piece orchestra, featuring Helen Humes on 8 tracks. Her vocals have a throaty quality in the middle register, but acquire a harsher tone as she ascends the scale, and it's that stridency which holds me back from a five-star rating.
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By leslie milner on 13 Aug. 2015
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A longtime fan of Red this didn't disapoint I saw him live in concert with Tad Farlow many years ago and that triggered my enthusiasm.There are some big band tracks which are excellent. I must confess I've not heard of Helen Humes but I thought she had a stunning voiceand shall be lokking into other of her recordings.Finaaly if your also a Frank Sinatra fan may I recommend Live in Australia 1959 with Red backing him.
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very high quality in every respect. Sound, selection and performance. Helen Humes voice a lttle harsh but acceptable. Norvo in top form
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