Comet (U.S.A.) / c. 1945

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Design: The label name is formed in much the same way as many 1940s labels (e.g. Roost), its rounded corners being reflected in the borders. Around the outside are shooting stars (comets), a simple but effective image. The silver on red colour combination is very much in the 1950s style. The featured artist, xylophonist (and later, vibraphonist) Red Norvo (1908-1999), was one of the most important figures in the development of jazz. Like its namesake, the Comet label flashed across the music scene and was soon gone (see below).

History: Label scan courtesy of jazzologist and collector Dave Dixon of Canada, who writes: "This Red Norvo session on this short-lived label (it lived and died in 1944-1945) was quickly purchased, along with sessions by Art Tatum, by Dial records because it was one of first important recordings of both Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. They were all 12" recordings, a rarity at the time for commercial 78s (Comet also produced a few 10" sides by others)."

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