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  • Personnel includes: Red Norvo (vibraphone); Kenny Davern (saxaphone); Dave McKenna (piano); Milt Hinton (bass); Mousey Alexander (drums).
  • Recorded in 1975.
  • This is part of the Famous Door series.
  • After making only one recording as a leader between 1960-1973, vibraphonist Red Norvo cut three albums for Famous Door during 1975-1977, launching a bit of a comeback. This LP, his second Famous Door release, is an excellent effort. The veteran vibraphonist plays six veteran swing standards plus his own "Santa Monica Blues" with pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Milt Hinton, drummer Mousey Alexander, and (on four of the seven numbers) Kenny Davern on soprano. These small-group swing performances (which some would call "mainstream") are quite enjoyable. [The 2003 CD reissue on Progressive Records includes four bonus tracks, two previously unreleased takes each of "Santa Monica Blues" and "Lover, Come Back to Me."] ~ Scott Yanow
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