The Art of Bix Beiderbecke

The Art of Bix Beiderbecke

by Bix BeiderbeckeBix Beiderbecke


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In 2006 Primo brought out a 40-track collection entitled The Art of Bix Beiderbecke. Loosely covering a time span extending from June 20, 1924 to May 21, 1930, this pleasantly jumbled portrait touches briefly upon Bix's early work with the Wolverine Orchestra and the Sioux City Six; revisits his collaborations with C melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, and stirs in examples of Beiderbecke leading his Rhythm Jugglers, his Gang and his Orchestra. Also included is evidence of Bix's adventures as a member of the Paul Whiteman Orchestra and two titles -- "Rockin' Chair" and "Barnacle Bill the Sailor" -- recorded at what turned out to be the second to last session Bix would ever participate in. Already ill and seated in a chair, he blew his cornet alongside trumpeter Bubber Miley, another brilliant musician whose life and career would soon be snuffed out by alcoholism. This group, led by vocalist Hoagy Carmichael, also included trombonist Tommy Dorsey, clarinetist Benny Goodman, tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, violinist Joe Venuti, guitarist Eddie Lang, drummer Gene Krupa and featured vocals (on "Barnacle Bill") by a gruff-voiced character named Carson Robison. Stepping back and admiring Primo's The Art of Bix Beiderbecke as a dizzy blend of classic jazz recordings cut over a transitional six year period, it seems like an excellent way to listen to highlights from the Beiderbecke legacy. The other way to do it is to consult tidier, better organized, chronologically stacked "Bixologies." The more casual method, in this case, works nicely even if it gives the listener no sense whatsoever of a temporal stylistic progression. That is clearly not what the folks at Primo had in mind.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/27/2007
Label: Primo
UPC: 0805520090254
catalogNumber: 6025
Rank: 78281


Disc 1

  1. Singin' the Blues
  2. Trumbology
  3. Clarinet Marmalade
  4. Riverboat Shuffle
  5. I'm Coming Virginia
  6. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  7. Fidgety Feet
  8. Jazz Me Blues
  9. Copenhagen
  10. Sensation
  11. I'm Glad
  12. Toddlin' Blues
  13. Davenport Blues
  14. In a Mist
  15. For No Reason at All in C
  16. Wringin' and Twistin'
  17. Three Blind Mice
  18. Humpty Dumpty
  19. Krazy Kat
  20. The Baltimore

Disc 2

  1. At the Jazz Band Ball
  2. Royal Garden Blues
  3. Jazz Me Blues
  4. Goose Pimples
  5. Sorry
  6. Clementine (From New Orleans)
  7. Changes
  8. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salf of My Tears
  9. Lonely Melody
  10. You Took Advantage of Me
  11. Rockin' Chair
  12. Barnacle Bill the Sailor
  13. Mississippi Mud
  14. The Japanese Sandman
  15. Cryin' All Day
  16. A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  17. Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down
  18. Somebody Stole My Gal
  19. Rhythm King
  20. Ol' Man River

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