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Friday, June 21, 2019

Dinah Sings Some Blues With The Red Norvo Quintet

I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
Dinah (Shore) Sings Some Blues With Red
With The Red Norvo Quintet
Produced by Voyle Gilmore
Capitol Records T1354

From the back cover: The Red Norvo Quintet boasts a distinguished "cast of characters." In addition to Red on vibes, there are John Mosher on bass, Jimmy Wyble on guitar, Jerry Dodgion on alto sax and flute, and John Markham on drums. They are joined in this album by piano and trumpet and on several numbers by a muted trumpet quartet.

Also from the back cover: While Dinah Shore is singing, time seems to melt away. Actually, it just sort of curls itself up into a relaxed and joyful swinging ball.

In an era when vocal mannerisms abound, Dinah has adhered steadfastly to her own unaffected, lyrical, and utterly feminine way with a song. These radiant attributes have made her not only a perennially favorite singer, but one of the most admired and genuinely beloved performers in the world.

On a Sunday night awhile back, Dinah met up professionally with Red Norvo and his Quintet, the group that backs her in this album. A musician on mild manner and monumental ability, Red starred in the 1930s with his own highly-regarded bands, and with Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman. Since the mid-40s Red and his vibraphone have headed a succession of the most tastefully creative small groups in modern music. Red's superb musicianship is characterized by delicacy and eloquent understatement – a perfect match for the wonderfully lilting grace of Dinah's singing. The televised teaming of the two artists proved inspired. It resulted, by overwhelming demand, in rapid reappearances of Red on Dinah's show, and in this initial, swinging get-together on Capitol Records.

Dinah's vocals here are reminiscent of some of the very best of her early work with chamber groups. They illustrate why Shore vocals, like Sinatra vocals, become reference works for new singers, to be played and replayed for that incomparable "something" that sets them apart.

All told, here are twelve enticing capsules of Dinah's Special Brand of Instant Enchantment – each containing the potent added ingredient fo Norvo's rhythmic caress. Directions: To be taken neat. And they certainly are!

From Billboard - April 11, 1960: Dinah Shore shines in another fine set. She delivers blues (both sweet and low), standards and oldies in fine fashion. Backed by a swingin' group, headed by vibist Red Norvo, she excels on such fare as "Who," "Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues" and "It's All Right With Me." Sounds is good, and attractive cover shot of the lark will lure.

Bye Bye Blues
I Can't Face The Music Without Singing The Blues
Someday Sweetheart
It's Funny To Everyone But Me
I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
I Ain't Got Nothin' But The Blues
Lucky In Love
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Its All Right With Me
Lover, Come Back To Me

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