by Bix BeiderbeckeBix Beiderbecke


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This is the second volume in the all-too-brief Classics Bix Beiderbecke chronology. It presents all 13 Okeh Records cut by Beiderbecke & His Gang between October 5, 1927 and September 21, 1928, followed by Beiderbecke's very last recordings, made between May 21 and September 15, 1930 for the Victor, Vocalion and Brunswick labels. He is heard leading his own band and sitting in with Hoagy Carmichael's orchestra as well as Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang. Three years into his brief recording career, Beiderbecke was already beginning to feel confined by the artistic limitations of the entertainment industry. In his excellent and insightful novel-length tribute "Remembering Bix," Ralph Berton recalled his final encounter with Beiderbecke, which took place during the autumn of 1927 shortly before Bix began working for Paul Whiteman. Berton describes their conversation as they listened to the recently waxed Bix & His Gang sides. Although Berton rightfully perceived that some of these were among the hottest and best of Beiderbecke's recordings, Bix was not entirely happy with the results, and even threatened to destroy the master of "Goose Pimples" which was soon issued as Okeh 8544. During this performance he momentarily intruded upon the opening of Frank Signorelli's piano solo, became frustrated and tossed off what he later called a "phony Charleston lick," then responded to gesticulations made by an engineer urging him to finish up before they ran out of room on the disc by letting loose with a couple of very atypical high notes, sharp and fortissimo. Beiderbecke was horrified, incredulous and ultimately contemptuous when the session's producers went ahead and issued what is demonstrably a botched take. Yet in retrospect the excitement of hot jazz transforms even these obvious flaws into personable idiosyncrasies. All 13 sides are anchored with beefy bass saxophones, handled expertly by Adrian Rollini or ably by Min Leibrook. Like the turning of a page, the '30s began for Beiderbecke with a series of collaborations hinting at potential developments that either blossomed or withered away. With names like Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Bud Freeman, Gene Krupa, Hoagy Carmichael and violinist Joe Venuti (who can be heard bawdily intoning the words "Barnacle Bill the Shit-head" in a raspy voice), this home stretch of the Beiderbecke discography reads like a "most likely to succeed" roster. Yet three gifted participants would soon be taken out 'way ahead of schedule; guitarist Eddie Lang was soon to die from complications following a tonsillectomy, Ellington's ex-trumpeter Bubber Miley was already in the process of drinking himself into an early grave, and Bix Beiderbecke's days were numbered. On August 6, 1931 he succumbed to alcoholism and pneumonia at the age of 28. The music on this compilation is an essential portion of his legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2003
Label: Fabulous
UPC: 0824046014421
catalogNumber: 144
Rank: 66893


  1. At the Jazz Band Ball
  2. Royal Garden Blues
  3. Jazz Me Blues
  4. Goose Pimples
  5. Sorry
  6. Since My Best Girl Turned Me Down
  7. Somebody Stole My Gal
  8. Thou Swell
  9. Ol' Man River
  10. Wa-Da-Da (Ev'rybody's Doin' It Now)
  11. Rhythm King
  12. Louisiana
  13. Margie
  14. Rockin' Chair
  15. Barnacle Bill, The Sailor
  16. Loved One
  17. Deep Harlem
  18. Strut, Miss Lizzie
  19. Deep Down South
  20. I Don't Mind Walking in the Rain (When I'm Walking in the Rain with You
  21. I'll Be a Friend "With Pleasure"
  22. Georgia (On My Mind)
  23. One Night in Havana
  24. Bessie Couldn't Help It

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bix Beiderbecke   Primary Artist,Cornet
Hoagy Carmichael   Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Goodman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gene Krupa   Drums
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Jack Teagarden   Trombone
Joe Venuti   Violin,Vocals
Adrian Rollini   Bass Saxophone
Carson Robison   Vocals
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Arnold Brillhardt   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Harry Goodman   Tuba
Lennie Hayton   Piano,Harmonium
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Howdy Quicksell   Banjo
Bill Rank   Trombone
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Dick Robertson   Vocals
Roy Bargy   Piano
Min Leibrook   Bass,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Harold MacDonald   Drums
Matty Malneck   Violin
Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang   Track Performer
Harry Gale   Drums
Boyce Cullen   Trombone
Tommy Satterfield   Piano
Ray Lodwig   Trumpet
Izzy Friedman   Clarinet
Irving Brodsky   Piano,Vocals
Weston Vaughan   Vocals
Don Murray   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer,Director,Direction
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Director,Direction
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Harry Goodman   Brass Band
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Contributor
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Howdy Quicksell   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Byron Warner   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
George Green   Composer
Duncan P. Schiedt   Cover Photo
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
J.C. Jones   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Jacques Richmond   Composer
Bob Schafer   Composer
Joe Heyden   Composer
Charles A. Bayha   Composer
Monty Collins   Composer
Tony Spargo   Composer
Don Delaney   Composer

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