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Red Norvo Trio with Tal Farlow and Charles Mingus: The Savoy Sessions


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It took a very rare musical mind to successfully adapt the xylophone and marimba to jazz improvisation, as Norvo did in the 1930s. The same grasp of fresh possibilities was at work when he formed this trio, in 1950, with two of the finest young musicians then playing bop. With the instrumentation of Norvo's vibraphone, Tal Farlow's electric guitar, and Charles Mingus's already virtuosic bass, there's an almost absolute equivalence of parts. The three go beyond their obvious gifts as soloists to create seamlessly flowing counterpoint and richly detailed collective improvisations that live at the edges of every jazz form, from swing to bop to cool, and at the heart of the idea of jazz itself. This group represents one of the key events in the development of chamber jazz, a brilliant evolution of the Benny Goodman trio and a significant precursor of such groups as the Modern Jazz Quartet and Jimmy Giuffre's many trios. --Stuart Broomer

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 29, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Savoy Jazz/Fontana
  • ASIN: B000001CUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SW on November 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The material on this cd is available at a ridiculously low price on a 4 cd Tal Farlow set from Germany. Search Amazon for Tal Farlow Quadromania. The first cd of the set is these sessions. The other 3 cds are tracks which are also on the earlier cds of the Tal Farlow Mosaic box set. If you are interested in Tal Farlow and you don't have either the Mosaic set or this material, check out Quadromania. Even if you do have the Mosaic set, check it out, because these sessions used to be difficult and expensive to obtain.

There are many other 4 cd sets of jazz and classical material. Search for Quadromania and see what gems are available.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill J. Young on February 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I ran out and bought 3 of their 78 rpm records, which I promply wore to a hiss. Years later, I bought a double LP with the same tunes as this CD. Now, I'm going to buy this CD. Over the years I've told anyone who would listen about that fabulous night at the Hague. It was, and still is the high point in my life with jazz. The other reviewers on this page got it right. No need to elaborate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy on October 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Boy. No offense to the 1999 reviewer (things stay on here a while, don't they?), but don't think you need any prior jazz background to appreciate this stunning album. I got it for free when a radio station threw their lps out (!) and now I have the digital version. Apparently Red Norvo was a friend of Mel Torme's, and the trio backed him up a few times on his 50s TV show. I would love to find that stuff. Anyhow, I heard originally Mundell Lowe was supposed to play with this group, but had to bow out, and recommended Tal Farlow. They figured that old swing mallet man Red Norvo would be an easy gig. But, holy cow! He put everybody through their paces, and Farlow worked hard on the meteoric speed he became known for. The textural variety they get is beautiful. Bowed bass, neck-tapping on the guitar, just fantastic. This one of those durable works of art that catches your ear right away, and then continues to reward repeated listenings. Standards stay fresh with innovative enthused minds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on January 28, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This album is all of the tracks that the Norvo/Farlow/Mingus incarnation of Norvo's trio recorded for Savoy in 1950. For Mingus and to a degree Farlow this period in their careers was one in which they were perfecting their sound. For Norvo this is another milestone in his evolution as a relevant musician, which would continue for decades.

The sound samples on this page are the best gauge of the music this album contains. In addition to glimpses into a young Charles Mingus' already incredible touch on bass, this provides insights into both Norvo and Farlow.

Norvo is characteristically quiet. Still, he is energetic and swinging which are also hallmarks of his playing. Farlow's approach to music here is laid back, with flowing notes punctuated by pure fire. This is a nice counter to Norvo's playing.

What should strike most listeners, though, is the synergy among the three during the sessions that produced this album. Each brings key strengths and fills in gaps left by by the other two.

Nine of the tracks in this collection found their way into an album titled MOVE! Surprisingly, only three of the tracks in this collection were recorded in Los Angeles. They are Cheek To Cheek, Night And Day and Time And Tide, which were recorded on May 3, 1950. All of the other tracks were recorded in Chicago on October 13 the same year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Lincoln on January 18, 2012
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I'm a jazz guitarist and collector of jazz albums. I think this is a very unique and special album. I confess, being a guitarist, Tal Farlow was the draw, and Tal does not disappoint (nor do Charles Mingus or Red Norvo). The musicianship here is pretty mind-boggling. Red Norvo had a penchant for FAST tempos, and many of these tracks absolutely burn. The arrangements all have a distinct, cool-swinging, 1950's vibe that I really enjoy. Retro-cool, baby. For listeners interested in jazz guitar, Tal Farlow was one of the most technically astounding guitarists that jazz has ever seen, and these sides clearly illuminate and underscore that fact. As such, I recommend this to jazz guitar enthusiasts. The only complaint is the audio quality, which, to my ears, seems fairly flat and poor, even by early '50's standards. Real jazz aficionados understand that you have to roll with poor audio quality when you're digging for pearls.
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