Indiana – 1968

Gary Burton & Red Norvo

A rare meeting between two of the greatest vibraphonists

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Red Norvo first came to fame in the 1930s as jazz’s first xylophonist, switching permanently to vibes in 1943 and remaining a viable soloist into the 1980s.

Gary Burton emerged in the early 1960s as an innovative vibraphonist and was a major force for close to 60 years.

In 1968 they had a rare meeting as Norvo sat in at a Copenhagen concert with Burton’s group which was comprised of guitarist Jerry Hahn, bassist Steve Swallow, and drummer Roy Haynes.

The two shared Burton’s vibraphone on “Indiana” with Norvo mostly confining himself to the upper register of the vibes; it is a rare treat to see these masters playing together.

-Scott Yanow


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