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Walter Norris

Born: December 27, 1931 | Died: October 28, 2011    Primary Instrument: Piano

Walter Norris

Classical piano studies with John H. Summers from age four and a half until eighteen. Working professionally (`44-`50) with Howard William’s 19 piece band in Little Rock; also in '49 with Bitsy Mullin's tentet. After graduating from High School, June `50, he joined Mose Allison’s Quartet but left in August `50 to serve with the U.S. Air Force in Japan and Korea.

Returning from Asia, summer of `52, he was engaged for six months with Jimmy Ford’s Quartet in Houston, Texas. In `53, he formed a trio for his nine month stay at the El Morocco in Las Vegas before moving on to Los Angeles where he worked in the quartets of Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Johnny Griffin, Teddy Edwards, Zoot Sims, Howard McGhee, Buddy DeFranco, Herb Geller, Charlie Ventura; plus the quintets of Frank Rosolino-Charlie Mariano, Ornette Coleman-Don Cherry and Shorty Rodgers-Bill Holman... all during the period between '54 and '60....
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As a Leader/Co-Leader

1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

As a Side Musician

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999


As a Leader/Co-Leader

1974


Drifting
Enja
Trixi Studios, Munich, Germany, August 18, 1974.
Tracks: Drifting; A Child Is Born; Nota Cambiata; Spacemaker; Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most; Rose Waltz; Thumbs Up; Maple Leaf Rag; Falling In Love With Love.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; George Mraz: bass.

1978


Synchronicity
Enja
Live at the Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg, Germany, May 5, 1978.
Tracks: Synchronicity; Spacemaker; Escalator; Romance.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Aladar Pege: bass.


Stepping On Cracks
Progressive
July 17, 1978.
Tracks: Falling In Love With Love; Stepping On Cracks; A Child Is Born; Giant Steps; Couscous.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; George Mraz: bass; Ronnie Bedford: drums.

1980


Winter Rose
Enja
June 18, August 31 & September 28, 1980.
Tracks: Playground; Winter Rose; Elvesztettem Paromat; For High Notes; A Child Is Born; Evening Lights; Enkephalins Rose.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Aladar Pege: bass.

1990


Live At Maybeck Recital Hall
Concord
Maybeck Recital Hall, Berkeley, CA, April 1990.
Tracks: The Song Is You; 'Round Midnight; Waltz For Walt; The Best Thing For You; Darn That Dream; Scrambled; Modus Vivendi; It's Always Spring; Body And Soul.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano.


Lush Life
Concord
Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA, September 13-14, 1990.
Tracks: Lush Life; I'll Remember April; My Foolish Heart; Vars / Mont Dauphin; C.J.'s Blues; On Green Dolphin Street; Crazy She Calls Me; Thumbs Out; Belle Of The Ball; Stompin' At The Savoy.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Neil Swainson: bass; Harold Jones: drums.

1991


Sunburst
Concord
Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA, August 13- 14, 1991.
Tracks: Sunburst; What's New?; The Bird; Naima; This Is New; Stella By Starlight; Never Should It Ever End; So In Love; Rose Petals.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Joe Henderson: tenor sax; Larry Grenadier: bass; Mike Hyman: drums.

1992


Love Every Moment
Concord
Master Track, Hayward, CA, September 30- October 1, 1992.
Tracks: Nobody Else But Me; Love Every Moment; Blue Lester; 4 Miles; Moonglazed; Postscript Blues; Ruby, My Dear; Laura; Sunny Morning.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Putter Smith: bass; Larance Marable: drums.

1995


Hues Of Blues
Concord
Sound On Sound, NYC, May 18-19, 1995.
Tracks: Fontessa; Serenata; Hues Of Blues; I Want To Be Happy; I Can't Get Started; Backbone Mode; Have You Met Miss Jones?; The Spider Web; Orchids In Green; Afterthoughts.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; George Mraz: bass.

1998


From Another Star
Sunburst
October 5-6, 1998.
Tracks: From Another Star; Images Enhanced; Yesterday's Gardenia; Elysium; All The Things You Are; Sunhazed; New Flame; A Crest Of Amber; Dark Brows; Tiger Rag.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Mike Richmond: bass.

2006


Elements 'N Motion
Sunburst
Berlin, Germany, July 2006.
Tracks: ???.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Putter Smith: bass.

As a Side Musician

1954


Get Out Of Town
Jack Sheldon
Record Label
October 3, 1954.
Tracks: Get Out Of Town; Ah Moore; Dozo (Let's Go); Cheek To Cheek; Mad About the Boy; Streets Of Madashi; Toot Sweet; Jack Departs; What Is There to Say?; Groovus Mentus.
Personnel: Jack Sheldon: trumpet; Walter Norris: piano; Ralph Rena: bass; Gene Gammage: drums;

1955


The Quartet And The Quintet
Jack Sheldon
Jazz West
Los Angeles, CA, July, 1955.
Tracks: Groovus Mentus; Beach Wise; Palermo Walk; Blues; What Is There To Say?; Irresistible You; Guatemala; I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.
Personnel: Jack Sheldon: trumpet; Zoot Sims: tenor sax; Walter Norris: piano; Bob Whitlock: bass; Lawrence Marable: drums.


Frankly Speaking
Frank Rosolino
Affinity/Capitol
Hollywood, CA, May 4-5, 1955.
Tracks: Frenesi; The Rhythm Rascals; Moonlight In Vermont; The Missus; There's No You; Our Delight; Now I Lay Me Down To Dream Of You; Taps Miller; Slan; Stairway To The Stars; The King Fish.
Personnel: Frank Rosolino: trombone; Charlie Mariano: alto sax; Walter Norris: piano; Max Bennett: bass; Stan Levey: drums.

1958


Something Else!
Ornette Coleman
Contemporary/OJC
Feb 10, 1958-Mar 24, 1958.
Tracks: Invisible; The Blessing; Jayne; Chippie; The Disguise; Angel Voice; Alpha; When Will The Blues Leave?; The Sphinx.
Personnel: Don Cherry: trumpet; Ornette Coleman: alto sax; Walter Norris: piano; Don Payne: bass; Billy Higgins: drums.

1961


The Trio
Hal Gaylor
Fantasy/OJC
Plaza Sound Studios, NYC, June 6 & 30, 1961.
Tracks: Groove Yard; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; The End Of A Love Affair; Scrambled; Out Front; Che-Low*; For Heaven's Sake;D. And D.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Billy Bean: guitar; Hal Gaylor: bass, cello*.


The Trio - Rediscovered
Hal Gaylor
String Jazz
????.
Tracks: Motivation; Lush Life; All Of You; Porgy and Bess [medley]; Land's End; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Groove Yard; Che-Low; Safari.
Personnel: Walter Norris: piano; Billy Bean: guitar; Hal Gaylor: bass.

1974


All Night Through
Klaus Weiss
ATM
July 22-23, 1974
Tracks: Odje Ayne; The Git Go; Good View*; All Night Through; The Bitches' Circle; M.T.; Holunderkuchen*.
Personnel: Cecil Bridgewater: trumpet; Jerry Dodgion: flute, alto sax, soprano sax; Frank St.Peter*: alto sax; Billy Harper: tenor sax; Walter Norris: piano; George Mraz: bass; Klaus Weiss: drums.
Note: Also issued as The Git Go (MPS).

1975


Julian
Pepper Adams
Enja
August 13, 1975.
Tracks: Jirge; Julian; Spacemaker; Ad Astra; Three And One; Tis; Time On My Hands; Lady Luck.
Personnel: Pepper Adams: baritone sax; Walter Norris: piano; George Mraz: bass; Makaya Ntshoko: drums.


Pepper
Pepper Adams
Enja
August 13, 1975.
Tracks: Twelfth & Pingree; A Child Is Born; Well, You Needn't; Bossa Nouveau.
Personnel: Pepper Adams: baritone sax; Walter Norris: piano; George Mraz: bass; Makaya Ntshoko: drums.

1988


A Jazz Song Book
Herb Geller
Enja
December 1988
Tracks: Cosmopolitan Meetings; For Chet; For Joe; The Law; The Groove And I; How About It?; Little Big Sam; L.A. Daze; Landscape.
Personnel: Herb Geller: soprano sax, alto sax; Walter Norris: piano; John Schroder: guitar; Mike Richmond: bass; Adam Nussbaum: drums.


My Favorite Songs - The Last Great Concert
Chet Baker
Enja
Funkhaus, Hannover, Germany, April 28, 1988.
Tracks: My Funny Valentine¹; Summertime¹; I Fall In Love Too Easily¹; In Your Own Sweet Way°.
Personnel: Chet Baker: trumpet, vocals; Walter Norris: piano; John Schroder: guitar; Lucas Lindholm°: bass; Aage Tanggaard°: drums; Hannover Radio Orchestra¹.


Straight From The Heart - The Last Great Concert, Vol. 2
Chet Baker
Enja
Funkhaus, Hannover, Germany, April 28, 1988.
Tracks: I Get Along Without You Very Well¹; There's A Small Hotel¹; Tenderly¹; Conception°; My Funny Valentine°.
Personnel: Chet Baker: trumpet, vocals; Walter Norris: piano; John Schroder: guitar; Lucas Lindholm°: bass; Aage Tanggaard°: drums; Hannover Radio Orchestra¹.

1989


The Wizard Of Oz Suite
Phil Wilson
Capri
May 23-Oct 23, 1989.
Tracks: Munchkinland; If I Were King Of The Forest; If I Only Had A Brain; We're Off To See The Wizard; Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead; In The Merry Old Land Of Oz; Over The Rainbow; Perdido; St. James Infirmary; Oh, Lady Be Good; I Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance (With You); Woodchopper's Ball; I Like The Sunrise.
Personnel: Lennart Axelsson; Heinz Habermann; Paul Kubatsch; Bob Lanese, Manny Moch: trumpet; Phil Wilson, Wolfgang Ahlers, Egon Christmann, Bubi Grossmann, Paddy Plato: trombone; Herb Geller: flute, alto sax; soprano sax; Emil Wurster: alto sax; Harald Ende, Christof Lauer, Stephan Von Dobrzynski; Danny Moss: tenor sax; Thomas Gramatzki: clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone sax; Werner Roennfeldt: baritone sax; Harry Grube, Walter Norris: piano; Wolfgang Schlueter: xylophone; Stephan Siez: guitar; Lucas Lindholm: bass; Ronny Stephenson: drums.

1990


Pal Joey Suite
Phil Wilson
Capri
May 22, 1989-May 18, 1990.
Tracks: Overture; I Could Write A Book; You Mustn't Kick It Around; Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered; That Terrific Rainbow; Den Of Iniquity; Take Him; Do It The Hard Way; It's Sand, Man!; Smooth Sailing; A Night In Tunisia; Blueberries.
Personnel: Ingolf Burkhardt, Dusko Goykovich, Paul Kubatsch: trumpet; Egon Christmann, Mike Danner: trombone; Fiete Felsch, Herb Geller, Thomas Gramatzki, Christof Lauer, Emil Wurster, Danny Moss: sax; Walter Norris: piano; Lucas Lindholm: bass; Ronny Stephenson: drums.

1992


In Hamburg
Joe Pass
ACT
Apr 23, 1990-Feb 21, 1992
Tracks: On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever); For Nina; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; Love For Sale; Indian Summer; Sweet Bossa; Fragments Of Blues; I'll Know; Summer Night; Waltz For Django; More Than You Know; Star Eyes; Lullaby Of The Leaves; Soft Winds; Sister Sadie.
Personnel: Lennart Axelsson, Ingolf Burkhardt, Lawrence Elam, Heinz Habermann, Bob Lanese: trumpet; Jiggs Whigham: trombone; Wolfgang Ahlers, Jon Welch, Joe Gallardo: tuba; Egon Christmann: bass, tuba; Herb Geller, Emil Wurster: alto sax; Harald Ende, Roman Schwaller, Stephan Von Dobrzynski: tenor sax; Thomas Zoller: baritone sax; Harry Grube, Walter Norris: piano; Wolfgang Schlüter: vibraphone; Joe Pass: guitar; Lucas Lindholm: bass; Wolfgang Haffner, Alex Riel: drums.

1994


A Child Is Born
Junko Mine
TDK
1994.
Tracks: My Funny Valentine; Here's That Rainy Day; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; My One And Only Love; That Old Feeling; The Nearness Of You; A Child Is Born; After You've Gone; The Man I Love; On The Sunny Side Of The Street; The Good Life.
Personnel: Thad Jones: cornet; Walter Norris: piano; George Mraz: bass; Mel Lewis: drums; Junko Mine: vocals.

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