Riverboat Shuffle

Riverboat Shuffle

by Bix Beiderbecke
     
 

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In less than an hour, Naxos tries to summarize the career of the nearly mythic trumpeter, drawing from the usual OKeh sources with a couple of early Gennetts thrown in to fill in the beginning of the story. After starting with the Wolverines' "Riverboat Shuffle" and Bix and His Rhythm Jugglers' "Davenport Blues," the CD weaves its way

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In less than an hour, Naxos tries to summarize the career of the nearly mythic trumpeter, drawing from the usual OKeh sources with a couple of early Gennetts thrown in to fill in the beginning of the story. After starting with the Wolverines' "Riverboat Shuffle" and Bix and His Rhythm Jugglers' "Davenport Blues," the CD weaves its way through some of the Frankie Trumbauer sides and the Bix and His Gang sessions, touching obvious high points ("Singin' the Blues," "For No Reason at All in C"), while leaving out a few (where's "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans"?). The extensive series of recordings that Beiderbecke made with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra is not touched; the emphasis here is strictly on the hot combo sessions. There is one most welcome detour; Beiderbecke's astoundingly beautiful, Debussy-like piano solo composition "In a Mist." Naxos' transfers are listenable and undistorted, yet still sound compressed in comparison with Sunbeam's open, ungimmicked transfers in its Bix Restored series and the actual 78 RPM pressings. However, they are preferable to Columbia's garishly brighter reissues. Collectors probably have all of this often-reissued stuff anyway, so this disc is aimed at those who want a compact introduction to this fascinating musician -- and as such, at Naxos' low price, it's a good bet.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943258422
catalogNumber:
8120584

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Performance Credits

Bix Beiderbecke   Primary Artist,Piano,Cornet
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Joe Venuti   Violin
Adrian Rollini   Bass Saxophone
Frankie Trumbauer   Alto Saxophone,C-Melody Saxophone,Vocals
Bobby Davis   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Tom Gargano   Drums
Lennie Hayton   Piano,Harmonium,Timpani
George "Happy" Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Stan King   Drums
Paul Mertz   Piano
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums
Howdy Quicksell   Banjo
Bill Rank   Trombone
Frank Signorelli   Piano
Roy Bargy   Piano
Itzy Riskin   Piano
Doc Ryker   Alto Saxophone
Bob Gillette   Banjo
Min Leibrook   Tuba,Bass Saxophone
Harold McDonald   Drums
Andy Secrest   Cornet
Charles Strickfaden   Alto Saxophone
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Vic Moore   Drums
Dick Voynow   Piano
Charles Gaylord   Vocals
Jimmy Hartwell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Izzy Friedman   Clarinet
Rube Crozier   Bassoon,Alto Saxophone
Don Murray   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
George Marsh   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Frankie Trumbauer   Director
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Howdy Quicksell   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
David Lennick   Producer
Dick Voynow   Composer,Director
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
J.C. Jones   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Bob Schafer   Composer
Lewis Young   Composer
Louis A. Hirsch   Composer

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