Bix Centennial All-Stars Celebrating Bix

Bix Centennial All-Stars Celebrating Bix

by Bix Beiderbecke Centennial All Stars
     
 
If one has been subjected to a great deal of contemporary jazz, especially the more challenging sort, it's difficult to remember just how joyous jazz was in the beginning. Even the best players like Louis Armstrong played happy music. The Bix Beiderbecke Centennial All Stars

Overview

If one has been subjected to a great deal of contemporary jazz, especially the more challenging sort, it's difficult to remember just how joyous jazz was in the beginning. Even the best players like Louis Armstrong played happy music. The Bix Beiderbecke Centennial All Stars celebrate one such happy stylist, the late, great Bix Beiderbecke. Given the attention Beiderbecke received from Ken Burns' Jazz, it seems ironic that the cornet player considered himself "a failure musically and personally," as the album's liner notes state. Just about everyone, from peers like Hoagy Carmichael to the wonderful musicians that compose the All Stars, however, beg to differ. Celebrating Bix! does just that by creating fresh arrangements for 19 pieces that date back to Beiderbecke's heyday. Most interestingly, perhaps, the cornetist's solos have been scored for a full battery of instruments, giving the contemporary listener a chance to enjoy the breadth of an artist's work in many contexts. The basic arrangements on pieces like "Deep Harlem" and "Riverboat Shuffle" include a lively mixture of pianos, trombones, clarinets, and, of course, cornets. The solo work by cornetist Randy Reinhart, pianist Mark Shane, and alto Jack Stuckey is superb. The liner notes are extensive and include a short introduction, an essay on Beiderbecke, and a breakdown of the song choices. In this way, a listener new to one of the keenest innovators in jazz can absorb his biography and music at once. Celebrating Bix! is a jubilant, overflowing tribute that shows the listener just how much life remains in classic jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941127126
catalogNumber:
19271

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bix Beiderbecke Centennial All Stars   Primary Artist
Howard Alden   Guitar
Dan Barrett   Trombone,Cornet,Soloist
Dick Hyman   Piano,Soloist
Vince Giordano   Bass,Bass Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Ascione   Drums,Soloist
Greg Cohen   Bass,Soloist
Jon-Erik Kellso   Cornet,Soloist
Brian Nalepka   Vocals
Randy Sandke   Cornet,Soloist
Jack Stuckey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Hal Shane   Vocals
Dan Levinson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone,Soloist
Randy Reinhart   Cornet,Soloist
Matt Munisteri   Guitar,Soloist
Barbara Rosene   Vocals
Peter Martinez   Clarinet,C-Melody Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Steve Brown   Contributor
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Frankie Trumbauer   Contributor
Paul Evans   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Bix Beiderbecke   Composer,Contributor
Bill Challis   Contributor
Con Conrad   Composer
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Tom Delaney   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Tommy Dorsey   Contributor
Peter Ecklund   Arranger,Score
Tom Gargano   Contributor
Donald Heywood   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Paul Mertz   Contributor
Chauncey Morehouse   Contributor
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Howdy Quicksell   Contributor
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Bill Rank   Contributor
Randy Sandke   Liner Notes
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Frederick Tobias   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
David Omar White   Producer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Jack King   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Itzy Riskin   Contributor
Doc Ryker   Contributor
Chip Deffaa   Liner Notes
Bob Gillette   Contributor
Min Leibrook   Contributor
Matty Malneck   Composer
Benny Meroff   Composer
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
George Green   Composer
Vic Moore   Contributor
Dick Voynow   Composer,Contributor
Ray Lodwig   Contributor
Jimmy Hartwell   Contributor
Don Murray   Contributor
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Gande   Contributor
Sam Coslow   Composer
Alfred Bryan   Composer
Hal Dyson   Composer
Edwin Bransford "Daddy" Edwards   Composer
Dan Levinson   Arranger,Musical Director
Peter Karl   Engineer
Luke Melton   Cover Graphics
George Johnson   Contributor
Monty Collins   Composer
Paul Helmick   Composer
Chris Schoenberg   Composer
Leonard Stevens   Composer
Irving Milfred "Miff" Mole   Composer
Edwin Edwards   Composer
Lindsay McPhail   Composer
Walter Michels   Composer
Tony Spargo   Composer

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