Bing with a Beat

Bing with a Beat

by Bing CrosbyBing Crosby


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Bing Crosby claimed that this dozen-song collection was among his favorites, namely because he was able to call all the shots. In the liner text, Crosby -- who was already well into his fourth decade as a multimedia entertainer -- refers to the Bob Scobey-led project as "the album I had always wanted to make." Modern listeners may not be familiar with Scobey's work, however prior to World War II, the instrumentalist-turned-arranger was hailed as the 'King of the Dixieland Trumpet,' forming his own Frisco Band upon returning from military service in 1946. Likewise, as a sizable contributor to the Dixieland revival of the late '40s and early '50s, Scobey was the perfect choice for the collaboration. Although he hadn't fully retired, by 1957 rock & roll had irreparably altered the landscape of popular music, leaving Crosby's unmistakable crooning style passé. Since he was not a concurrent contender for the charts, the vocalist indulged his own considerable tastes and talents. Rather than having material specifically penned, Crosby and Scobey were joined by arranger Matty Matlock and together they chose a handful of numbers that will inevitably be familiar, highlighted by outstanding readings of "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," "Dream a Little Dream of Me" and "Some Sunny Day." Head and shoulders above the rest is a spirited rendition of "Mack the Knife," easily rivalling Louis Armstrong's memorable version some eight-years later. Another zenith is the lesser-known "Last Night on the Backporch," as Der Bingle equals, if not arguably bests, Brit-vocal diva Alma Cogan's interpretation of a tune that became a signature in her tragically short career. Bing With a Beat (1957) was remastered and reissued as part of BMG/Bluebird's First Editions series and unlike many of the other entries, there are no bonus performances. That said, the audio quality is impeccable and the 12-page booklet contains rare photos from the recording session and an essay from jazz critic Will Friedwald.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766014228
catalogNumber: 60142
Rank: 56182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bob Scobey   Trumpet,Leader
Ralph Sutton   Piano
Clancy Hayes   Guitar
Matty Matlock   Clarinet
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Red Callender   Bass,Bass Guitar
Nick Fatool   Drums
Abe Lincoln   Trombone
Dave Harris   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Matty Matlock   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Fabian André   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Barry Feldman   Reissue Producer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Cliff Friend   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Wilbur Schwartz   Composer
Joseph Young   Composer
Max Kortlander   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
James Brockman   Composer
J. Will Callahan   Composer
Abe Olman   Composer
Carl Schraubstader   Composer
John Schonberger   Composer
Richard Coburn   Composer

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