Today In Jazz

Dance of the Octopus

November 21

Jazz musicians have been looking for new intersections with other genres of music ever since jazz was born.
One of the most innovative and creative of them all was Red Norvo, whose career spanned the 1920’s though the 1990’s.
Norvo’s major achievements include his early band co-led with his wife Mildred Bailey and that featured arrangements by the genius Eddie Sauter:

Norvo’s trio with Tal Farlow and Charles Mingus:

But before all of these things, Norvo wrote and recorded “Dance Of The Octopus” on this date in 1933, alongside his friends Benny Goodman (here on bass clainet), bassist Artie Bernstein and guitarist Dick McDonough:


It would be great to see Norvo’s reaction to this recent version of the piece!