Bix Restored, Vol. 4

Bix Restored, Vol. 4

by Bix Beiderbecke


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Just in time for the 2003 Bix Beiderbecke centennial, Sunbeam completes its collection of the complete Beiderbecke on three well-packed CDs. The set picks up the thread from volume three, with more marathon Paul Whiteman Orchestra sessions spelled now and then by smaller groups fronted by Frankie Trumbauer and Beiderbecke himself, gradually declining in frequency as the doomed cornetist's health starts to give out. Whiteman's relentless attempts to please everyone in his mass audience -- from kitschy classical arrangements to the usual bland, middle-brow crooning to bursts of reasonably hot jazz -- can be bizarre, sentimental, or audacious, often all at once. With the Trumbauer groups, Beiderbecke assumes a higher profile, and the beat acquires more of a jump and occasionally something more; "Futuristic Rhythm" really does have a shuffling rhythm decades ahead of its time. The real centerpiece of the set is the 1928 world premiere waxing of Gershwin's "Concerto in F," issued originally on Columbia's classical "Modern Music" series with quaintly colorful Whiteman picture labels. The score, alas, was heavily edited -- especially the second and third movements -- to fit on six 12" 78 RPM sides, and the composer's orchestrations were rearranged and compressed by the ubiquitous Ferde Grofe. But the recording is loaded with period flavor, and it offers proof that Whiteman's orchestra contained a complement of versatile first-class musicians. Beiderbecke claimed that his featured written-out solo in the languorous second movement was his proudest moment on record -- and well he should have been pleased; his cornet has a slightly throbbing angst and a jazzy freedom that his classically trained successors rarely catch. By the 1929 sessions, though, Beiderbecke's tone begins to lose its pristine freshness, becoming a bit coarser in texture. The 1930 recordings with Hoagy Carmichael's bands, an outfit fronted by businessman Irving Mills, and another with Beiderbecke in the lead are fascinating all-star gatherings, but Beiderbecke is clearly on his last legs, still capable of passages of magic yet not as sure-footed as he was only a couple of years before. For the most part, Mike Kieffer and John R.T. Davies achieve remarkably uniform results in their transfers, given the diverse materials they had to work with. The CD sound doesn't have as much heft and depth as do some original pressings, but it's clear and ungimmicked, minus the usual computerized noise-reduction distortions that still plague some major-label reissues. The notes paint a poignant picture of Beiderbecke's last years, but there is scant commentary on the selections themselves.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/2003
Label: Origin Jazz
UPC: 0784554010127
catalogNumber: 10
Rank: 139361

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bix Beiderbecke   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Cornet
Bing Crosby   Vocals,Humming
Hoagy Carmichael   Piano,Vocals
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Violin
Frankie Trumbauer   Clarinet,Reeds,Bassoon,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone,Vocals
Carson Robison   Vocals
Ed "Snoozer" Quinn   Guitar
George Rose   Guitar
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Harry Barris   Vocals
Larry Binyon   Tenor Saxophone
Arnold Brillhardt   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kurt Dieterle   Violin
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Harry Goodman   Bowed Bass
Lennie Hayton   Piano,Celeste,Drums,Harmonium
Stan King   Drums
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Bill Rank   Trombone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Austin Young   Vocals,Humming
Dick Robertson   Vocals
Roy Bargy   Piano
Jack Fulton   Trombone,Vocals,Humming
Harry Goldfield   Trumpet
Min Leibrook   Bass Saxophone,Bowed Bass,Upright Bass
Matty Malneck   Violin
Mike Pingatore   Banjo
Andy Secrest   Cornet
Charles Strickfaden   Clarinet,Reeds,English Horn,Oboe,Baritone Saxophone
Smith Ballew   Vocals
Harry Gale   Drums
Boyce Cullen   Trombone,Vocals
Eddie Pinder   Trumpet,Cornet
Wilbur Hall   Guitar,Trombone,Guitar (String)
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Charles Gaylord   Violin,Vocals,Humming
Ray Lodwig   Trumpet
Rinker   Vocals
Mike Trafficante   Upright Bass
Chet Hazlett   Clarinet,Reeds,Bass Clarinet,Oboe,Alto Saxophone
Irving Brodsky   Piano,Vocals
Rube Crozier   Clarinet,Flute,Bassoon,English Horn,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Red Mayer   Clarinet,Flute,Reeds,Oboe,Piccolo
Irving Friedman   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mario Perry   Violin,Accordion
Wes Vaughn   Vocals
Bernie Daly   Reeds
John Bowman   Violin
Eddie King   Organ,Piano,sleigh bells
Marlin Hurt   Vocals
Dee Orr   Vocals
Lew Green   Guitar
Lawrence "Bud" Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
George Marsh   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Ian Campbell   Composer
Franz Liszt   Composer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Arranger,Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Frankie Trumbauer   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Carson Robison   Composer
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger,Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Mike Kieffer   Producer,Liner Notes
Turner Layton   Composer
Paul Mertz   Discographical Information
Jack Palmer   Composer
Alan Roberts   Programming,Executive Producer
Leo Robin   Composer
Nat Shilkret   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Byron Warner   Composer
George Whiting   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Frank Luther   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Dick Sudhalter   Discographical Information
Roy Bargy   Arranger
Matty Malneck   Arranger,Composer
George Green   Composer
John R.T. Davies   Programming
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Phil Boutelje   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Jacques Richmond   Composer
Bob Schafer   Composer
Dick Winfree   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Arranger
Charles Warfield   Composer
Dan Levinson   Pitch Adjustment
Randy Skretvedt   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Tom Pletcher   Discographical Information
Charles A. Bayha   Composer
Monty Collins   Composer
Jessie Deppen   Composer
Thekla Hollingsworth   Composer
Robert Hood Bowers   Composer
Phil Evans   Discographical Information

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