I am pretty sure that most of you know about Red Norvo's recording of Bix Beiderbecke's "In A Mist." It is one of the early recordings of Bix's composition (the second!).
Benny Goodman (b-cl) Red Norvo (xyl,mar) Dick McDonough (g) Artie Bernstein (b)
New York, November 21, 1933
B14361-A In a mist (*) Br 6906
What you may not know is that Red Norvo made an earlier attempt -unfortunately unsuccessful- at recording "in A Mist."
Red Norvo (xyl,mar) solos; rest unknown
Chicago, c. October 1929
In a mist (unissued) Brunswick
Here is Red Norvo's 1933 recording of "In A Mist." He sticks to the written score fairly closely. The marimba gives an ethereal sound to Bix's composition.
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...that "In A Mist" and its "way out" platter mate, "Dance of the Octopus," were recorded without Jack Kapp's approval. He had hired Red for more conventional novelty jazz and was so mad he had the record pulled off the shelves and tore up Red's contract. It was 2 years before he would ink Norvo again, for the Swing Sextet on Decca, a tasty group with nothing experimental about it.
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