If Bix Played Gershwin

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There's nothing like a completely different approach to render familiar music fresh, and as the title to Dick Hyman and Tom Pletcher's album suggests, they had a great idea. If Bix Played Gershwin is governed by the simple idea of arranging 18 Gershwin tunes in the classic jazz style utilized by cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. Pianist Hyman and cornetist Pletcher are joined by a fairly large ensemble including clarinetist Dan Levinson, trombonist David Sager, bass saxophonist Vince Giordano, guitarist-banjo player Bob Leary, and percussionist Ed Metz, Jr.. What makes the idea more than just an exercise is the verve and vibrancy of the performances, all channeled through ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There's nothing like a completely different approach to render familiar music fresh, and as the title to Dick Hyman and Tom Pletcher's album suggests, they had a great idea. If Bix Played Gershwin is governed by the simple idea of arranging 18 Gershwin tunes in the classic jazz style utilized by cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. Pianist Hyman and cornetist Pletcher are joined by a fairly large ensemble including clarinetist Dan Levinson, trombonist David Sager, bass saxophonist Vince Giordano, guitarist-banjo player Bob Leary, and percussionist Ed Metz, Jr.. What makes the idea more than just an exercise is the verve and vibrancy of the performances, all channeled through Hyman's sparkling arrangements. There's an energetic Dixieland take on "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin," and one of the happiest versions of "I Got Rhythm" you're likely to hear. There are two versions of "Embraceable You," and the appearance of a couple rarities, "Kango Kate" and "Yankee Doodle Rhythm." Interestingly, Beiderbecke played a number of Gershwin's pieces while working with Paul Whiteman in the '20s and perhaps, had he lived longer, would've completed a project just like this one. If Bix Played Gershwin is a 's wonderful way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated Beiderbecke's death, and will be a welcome addition to Hyman and Pletcher's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941128321
  • Catalog Number: 19283
  • Sales rank: 114,865

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dick Hyman Primary Artist, Piano
Vince Giordano Bass Saxophone
Ed Metz Jr. Drums
David Sager Trombone
Dan Levinson Clarinet, Saxophone, C-Melody Saxophone
Bob Leary Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Tom Pletcher Cornet
David Sager Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Dick Hyman Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Direction, Audio Production
Bix Beiderbecke Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Roy Yokelson Engineer, Mastering
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Al Bryan Composer
Philip Charig Composer
Will Donaldson Composer
Mike Badalamenti Engineer
Tom Pletcher Liner Notes
Dave Hyman Cover Design
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