1927-1930

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2003
  • Label: Fabulous
  • UPC: 824046014421
  • Catalog Number: 144
  • Sales rank: 156,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 At the Jazz Band Ball (2:53)
  2. 2 Royal Garden Blues (3:03)
  3. 3 Jazz Me Blues (3:06)
  4. 4 Goose Pimples (3:18)
  5. 5 Sorry (2:57)
  6. 6 Since My Best Girl Turned Me Down (3:08)
  7. 7 Somebody Stole My Gal (2:57)
  8. 8 Thou Swell (3:01)
  9. 9 Ol' Man River (3:07)
  10. 10 Wa-Da-Da (Ev'rybody's Doin' It Now) (3:04)
  11. 11 Rhythm King (3:25)
  12. 12 Louisiana (2:52)
  13. 13 Margie (2:55)
  14. 14 Rockin' Chair (3:28)
  15. 15 Barnacle Bill, The Sailor (2:51)
  16. 16 Loved One - Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang (2:50)
  17. 17 Deep Harlem - Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang (3:06)
  18. 18 Strut, Miss Lizzie - Irving Mills & His Hotsy Totsy Gang (3:05)
  19. 19 Deep Down South (3:02)
  20. 20 I Don't Mind Walking in the Rain (When I'm Walking in the Rain with You (2:52)
  21. 21 I'll Be a Friend "With Pleasure" (3:06)
  22. 22 Georgia (On My Mind) (3:11)
  23. 23 One Night in Havana (3:23)
  24. 24 Bessie Couldn't Help It (2:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bix Beiderbecke Primary Artist, 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
Grace Jones Composer
Dave Wakeling Composer
Eddie Edwards Composer
Nick LaRocca Composer
Irving Mills Director, Direction
Ranking Roger Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Andy Cox Composer
Harry Goodman Brass Band
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lennie Hayton Contributor
J.C. Johnson Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Everett Morton Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Howdy Quicksell Composer
Henry W. Ragas Composer
Saxa 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
Hal Dyson Composer
Joe Heyden Composer
Charles A. Bayha Composer
Monty Collins Composer
Edwin Edwards Composer
David Wright Composer
David Steel Composer
Tony Spargo Composer
Don Delaney Composer
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