Thursday, January 18, 2007

Red Norvo - Just a Mood

( Naar de Nederlandse vertaling.)

Just a Mood

Some musicians need a lot of notes, a lot of rhythm, a lot of musical jokes and a lot of noise to be noticed. Their music is obstrusive, played too fast or too loud, or too complicated to be enjoyable !

Last night I played myself some Red Norvo recordings.

18th of January 1957 - 50 years ago - at the Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood. Six gentlemen. Red Norvo with his giant vibraphone, Harry Edison, nicknamed Sweet , Ben Webster, with Ol' Betsy, his beloved tenor saxophone, Bob Carter with his bass and Bill Douglas with the brushes.

Six men - four tunes:

- Just a Mood
- Easy on the Eye
- The Night is Blue
- Sunrise Blues

The atmosphere is relaxed, their music is relaxed. The sharp high notes of Harry Edison and the smooth hishes from Websters Ol' Betsy. The brushes of Bill Douglas and the clear notes of Red's vibe.

Swing as it has to be played. Just a Mood.

I found a fragment from a 1960 performance featuring Red Norvo and Benny Goodman titled When Swing Was King. Enjoy it.





Keep swinging

Hans Koert

keepswinging@live.nl

75: 18 January 1932: Lei e Hula-71251-1 Hana Mike Hanapi Ilima and his Islanders
50:
18 January 1957: Easy On The Eye - Red Norvo Sextet
Just a Mood - Red Norvo Sextet
Night is Blue - Red Norvo Sextet
Sunrise Blue - Red Norvo Sextet
It's Allright With Me - Lucy Reed Trio


Nederlands ( To the English translation )


Just a Mood

Sommige muisici hebben veel noten nodig om op te vallen, of veel ritme, of maken muzikale grappen of erg veel lawaai. Hun muziek is opdringerig, te snel of te luid. Of te ingewikkeld om nog van te kunnen genieten.

Gisteren heb ik Red Norvo weer eens gedraaid.

18 januari 1957 - 50 jaar geleden in de Radio Recorders studios in Hollywood. Zes heren. Red Norvo met zijn grote vibrafoon, Harry Edison, bijgenaamd Sweet, Ben Webster, met Ol' Betsy, zijn geliefde tenor sax, Bob Carter met zijn bas eb Bill Douglas met de brushes.



Zes mannen - vier nummers:

- Just a Mood
- Easy on the Eye
- The Night is Blue
- Sunrise Blues

Een ontspannen sfeer - relaxte muziek. De hoge scherpe tonen van Harry Edison, het zwoele gehissss van Ben's Ol' Betsy, het geritsel van de brushes van Bill Douglas en de heldere nootjes van Red's vibrafoon.


Alles valt op zijn plaats. Swing zoals swing hoort te zijn; Just a Mood.


Ik vond een fragment van een film uit 1960 met Red Norvo en Benny Goodman getiteld When Swing Was King. Geniet er van.



Keep swinging

Hans Koert

keepswinging@live.nl

75: 18 januari 1932: Lei e Hula-71251-1 Hana Mike Hanapi Ilima and his Islanders
50:
18 januari 1957: Easy On The Eye - Red Norvo Sextet
Just a Mood - Red Norvo Sextet
Night is Blue - Red Norvo Sextet
Sunrise Blue - Red Norvo Sextet
It's Allright With Me - Lucy Reed Trio

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