Goodman IS playing bass clarinet

by Mark Gabrish Conlan

You're right on one hand -- Norvo played marimba, not xylophone or vibraphone, on the November 21, 1933 "In a Mist" and "Dance of the Octopus," but every source I've seen on the recording, includng LP and CD reissue liner notes, Brian Rust's discography and D. Russell Connor's Benny Goodman discography, lists Goodman on bass clarinet. (Rust claims Norvo recorded an earlier version of "In a Mist" in 1929 but it was never issued.)

Posted on Apr 9, 2017, 9:30 AM

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