Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Red Norvo- Hallelujah

Farewell, Specs.

Jazz drummer Specs Powell died September 15. He was 85. Powell participated in a historic 1945 session for the Comet label in which young turks Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie joined Red Norvo's more conventional crew to record four songs. This alternate take also features Flip Philips on the first sax solo, Teddy Wilson on piano and Slam Stewart going wild on bass. The version I own doesn't seem to exist, but it appears that this collection includes the same material. Lovers of contextual oddities should also check out this footage starring Norvo and Dinah Shore.

A Mekons tour behind a new album! Life is good.

Kansas City Click: Georgia's Warm In the Wake join There Stands the Glass favorites OK Jones tonight at the Record Bar.

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