Bix & Tram

Bix & Tram

by Bix BeiderbeckeBix Beiderbecke


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This newly appended collection encompasses most every record that these two men made together, augmented by the Bix & His Gang sessions and a handful of uncommon sides from both 1924 and 1934, which pre- and post-date Tram's involvement with Bix. Three of the four discs each contain no less than 13 instrumentals, ranging from solid to positively gorgeous. Disc "C" has only seven instrumentals. This collection's 34 non-instrumentals place the listener at the mercy of period vocalists, some sing through their noses, others whimper like Elmer Fudd, while a few stoop so low as to imitate vaudeville black-face comedians. The specter of white guys drawling at each other in weird false dialect should serve to remind everyone how prevalent Jim Crow was in the music industry between 1895 and, say, 1945. Hearing wholesome young Bing Crosby sing "When the Darkies Beat Their Feet On the Mississippi Mud" puts both the singer and his society in perspective. The best of the Jim Crow numbers is "Take Your Tomorrow," a performance that actually demonstrates authentic vaudeville humor and timing. "Borneo" is worth having just for Beiderbecke's lovely ascending cornet run during the introduction. As any seasoned early jazz listener can testify, even the grossest vocalist cannot entirely wreck a recording if the guys in the band are solid. Bite your lip, take a breath, and wait for the solos. Now you know why Eddie Condon referred to most recorded vocal passages as "interruptions." And even if that is the nefarious Smith Ballew singing "Louise," the melody is wonderful and it's nice to hear the lyric. Even if it is the Deep River Quintet heard singing Fats Waller's "I'm More Than Satisfied," where else are listeners going to hear the words to this underappreciated opus? Most importantly, this massive quarry of vintage music puts the more commonly heard material in context by lining it up alongside the rest of what was deemed appropriate for the record-buying public so many years ago. And that itself is worth far more than the price of admission.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/03/2002
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065901325
catalogNumber: 913
Rank: 71846


Disc 1

  1. Trumbology
  2. Clarinet Marmalade
  3. Singin' the Blues
  4. Ostrich Walk
  5. Riverboat Shuffle
  6. I'm Coming Virginia
  7. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  8. For No Reason at All in C
  9. Three Blind Mice
  10. Blue River
  11. There's a Cradle in Caroline
  12. Wringin' and Twistin'
  13. Humpty Dumpty
  14. Krazy Kat
  15. Baltimore
  16. There Ain't No Land Like Dixieland to Me
  17. There's a Cradle in Caroline
  18. Just an Hour of Love
  19. I'm Wonderin' Who

Disc 2

  1. At the Jazz Band Ball
  2. Royal Garden Blues
  3. Jazz Me Blues
  4. Goose Pimples
  5. Sorry
  6. Crying All Day
  7. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  8. Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
  9. Sugar
  10. There'll Come a Time
  11. Jubilee
  12. Mississippi Mud
  13. Our Bungalow of Dreams
  14. Lila
  15. Borneo
  16. My Pet
  17. Somebody Stole My Gal
  18. Thou Swell
  19. Thou Swell

Disc 3

  1. Bless You Sister
  2. Dusky Stevedore
  3. Ol' Man River
  4. Wa-Da-Da (Everybody's Doin' It Now)
  5. Take Your Tomorrow
  6. Love Affairs
  7. Rhythm King
  8. Louisiana
  9. Margie
  10. The Love Nest
  11. The Japanese Sandman
  12. High up on a Hill Top
  13. Sentimental Baby
  14. Futuristic Rhythm
  15. Raisin' the Roof
  16. Louise
  17. Wait 'Til You See "Ma Cherie"
  18. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
  19. No One Can Take Your Place
  20. I Like That

Disc 4

  1. Georgia Blues
  2. Lost My Baby Blues
  3. Blue River
  4. In a Mist
  5. I'm More Than Satisfied
  6. I'm More Than Satisfied
  7. Clorinda
  8. Clorinda
  9. Three Blind Mice
  10. Three Blind Mice
  11. My Pet
  12. Singin' the Blues
  13. What a Day!
  14. Alabammy Snow
  15. Nobody But You
  16. Gotta Feelin' for You
  17. Shivery Stomp
  18. Reachin' for Someone
  19. Manhattan Rag
  20. Manhattan Rag
  21. Break It Down
  22. China Boy
  23. In a Mist

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bix Beiderbecke   Primary Artist,Cornet
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Hoagy Carmichael   Piano,Celeste,Vocals
Eddie Lang   Banjo,Guitar
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Carl Kress   Guitar
Wingy Manone   Clarinet
Miff Mole   Trombone
Adrian Rollini   Bass Saxophone
Charlie Teagarden   Trumpet
Frankie Trumbauer   Alto Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone,Vocals
Ed "Snoozer" Quinn   Guitar
George Rose   Banjo,Guitar
Harry Barris   Piano,Vocals
Vic Berton   Percussion,Drums,Harpophone
Rube Bloom   Piano
John Cali   Banjo
Bobby Davis   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Lennie Hayton   Piano,Drums,Harmonium
Raymond Johnston   Trumpet
Stan King   Drums
Paul Mertz   Piano
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums,Harpophone
Bill Rank   Trombone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Roy Bargy   Piano
Itzy Riskin   Piano
Doc Ryker   Alto Saxophone
Benny Bonacio   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Min Leibrook   Bass Saxophone
Harold McDonald   Drums
Art Miller   Bass
Charles Strickfaden   Clarinet,Oboe,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Smith Ballew   Vocals
Seger Ellis   Vocals
Irving Kaufman   Vocals
Sam Lanin   Percussion
Harry Gale   Drums
Chester Hazlett   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nat Natoli   Trumpet
Tommy Satterfield   Piano,Celeste
Wilbur Hall   Guitar
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Charles Gaylord   Vocals
Herb Quigley   Drums
Izzy Friedman   Clarinet
Chet Hazlett   Alto Saxophone
Rube Crozier   Bassoon
Irving Friedman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Don Murray   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Noel Taylor   Vocals
Ward Archer   Drums
Mason Dixon Orchestra   Track Performer
John Ryan   Vocals
Reis   Vocals
Dee Orr   Vocals
George Marsh   Drums,Human Whistle,Harpophone
Harold "Scrappy" Lambert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ian Campbell   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Wingy Manone   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Miff Mole   Composer
Frankie Trumbauer   Composer,Director
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Carson Robison   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer
Russ Case   Arranger
Bill Challis   Arranger
Con Conrad   Composer
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Tom Delaney   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Joe Goodwin   Composer
Eddie Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Composer
Donald Heywood   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Fud Livingston   Composer
Chauncey Morehouse   Composer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Howdy Quicksell   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
T. Waller   Composer
George Whiting   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Seger Ellis   Composer
Dick Voynow   Composer
Ray Lodwig   Composer
Willard Robison   Director
Charles Tobias   Composer
Sally-Ann Worsfold   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Phil Boutelje   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Sidney Mitchell   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Tommie Malie   Composer
Bob Schafer   Composer
Von Tilzer   Composer
Dick Winfree   Composer
Lewis Young   Composer
Abel Baer   Composer
Alfred Bryan   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer
Joe Verges   Composer
Eileen Rose   Composer
Charles Philip Fox   Liner Notes
Frank Crum   Composer
Archie Gottler   Composer

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