Bix Beiderbecke with Paul Whiteman 1928-1929

Bix Beiderbecke with Paul Whiteman 1928-1929

by Bix Beiderbecke
     
 
This is the fourth volume in the Classics Bix Beiderbecke chronology, and the second volume documenting the recordings he made with society bandleader Paul Whiteman. It traces a timeline from April 23, 1928 to September 13, 1929. Because all of Beiderbecke's "legitimated" jazz recordings as a leader and with Frankie Trumbauer's

Overview

This is the fourth volume in the Classics Bix Beiderbecke chronology, and the second volume documenting the recordings he made with society bandleader Paul Whiteman. It traces a timeline from April 23, 1928 to September 13, 1929. Because all of Beiderbecke's "legitimated" jazz recordings as a leader and with Frankie Trumbauer's orchestra were reissued by Classics years prior to the Beiderbecke/Whiteman volumes, this is a highly unusual example of a non-linear progression in the more or less tidily sequential Classics Chronological Series. (Stray tracks have been known to appear out of order in other artists' Classics chronologies, but a deviation of this magnitude is unprecedented). What you get here is a Beiderbecke retrospective that picks up where the old '60s Columbia compilation LP Whiteman Days left off. Beiderbecke didn't exist long enough to leave more than meager recorded evidence of his remarkable artistry, and there's no escaping the fact that some of his oeuvre involves a large pop orchestra sugared over with keening violins and peppered with pretentious pop vocals. Then again, the Whiteman/Beiderbecke recordings sound better than generations of jazz critics have ever cared to admit in public. This charmingly dated popular music is well worth experiencing because of the jazz musicians -- in this case Frankie Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke -- who made a living for a little while by signing on with this established bandleader. Then again, Whiteman was well known as an arrogant, egotistical, bigoted boor whose reputation among jazz musicians was permanently tarnished following his notorious brawl in the men's room at the Club Whiteman with percussionist Vic Berton and saxophonist Paul Cartwright, during which Whiteman coldly instructed one of his waiters to bust out Cartwright's teeth with a blackjack. Although this information makes Whiteman appear more repulsive than ever, those who are truly smitten by the cornet artistry of Leon Bix Beiderbecke are encouraged to listen to what he was capable of accomplishing even as a sideman in an artificially sweetened pop orchestra fronted by a bloated, tuxedoed anti-Semite. And now that the Whiteman/Beiderbecke records have been compiled and made available to the public, the only remaining portion of Bix's legacy still waiting to be reissued by the producers of the Classics Chronological Series are the recordings he made with the Jean Goldkette orchestra.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2002
Label:
Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC:
3307517123527
catalogNumber:
1235
Rank:
163784

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bix Beiderbecke   Primary Artist,Cornet
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Henry Busse   Trumpet
Frankie Trumbauer   Soprano Saxophone
Harry Barris   Vocals
Kurt Dieterle   Violin,Celeste
Lennie Hayton   Piano,Celeste
Bill Rank   Trombone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Austin Young   Vocals
Roy Bargy   Piano,Celeste
Jack Fulton   Trombone
Harry Goldfield   Trumpet
Min Leibrook   Bass Saxophone,Double Bass
Matty Malneck   Violin,Celeste,Viola,Double Bass
Harold McDonald   Drums
Mike Pingatore   Banjo
Andy Secrest   Cornet
Charles Strickfaden   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Boyce Cullen   Trombone
Chester Hazlett   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Eddie Pinder   Trumpet
Wilbur Hall   Trombone
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Charles Gaylord   Violin
Rinker   Celeste,Vocals
Mike Trafficante   Bass
Izzy Friedman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Rube Crozier   Clarinet,Bassoon,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Red Mayer   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mario Perry   Violin,Celeste
Bernie Daly   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone
John Bowman   Violin,Viola,Double Bass
John Bowman Charles   Violin

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Paul Whiteman   Direction
Frankie Trumbauer   Contributor
Billy Mayerl   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Carson Robison   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Bill Challis   Arranger
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger
Ray Henderson   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
Roy Bargy   Arranger
Matty Malneck   Composer
Tommy Satterfield   Arranger
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Max Kortlander   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Phil Boutelje   Composer
Ernie Burnett   Composer
George Norton   Composer
Dick Winfree   Composer
Dan Dougherty   Composer
Ferde Grofé   Arranger
Pete Wendling   Composer
Phil Ponce   Composer
Jessie Deppen   Composer
Thekla Hollingsworth   Composer

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