The Bix Beiderbecke Collection [Hallmark]

The Bix Beiderbecke Collection [Hallmark]

by Bix Beiderbecke


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The Bix Beiderbecke Collection [Hallmark]

One might think that since there are so many Bix Beiderbecke albums available, the man must have recorded prodigiously. He did not; his career was tragically short and his sessionography surprisingly small. All of the tracks here have been repackaged innumerable times since originally issued -- first on LP and now compact disc. Like many, if not most Beiderbecke samplers, this one concentrates on his small-group recordings with saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer circa 1927 (there are no personnel listings, but the discographical information is readily available elsewhere). Classics here include "I'm Comin', Virginia," "At the Jazz Band Ball," "Trumbology," and the quintessential Beiderbecke performance, "Singin' the Blues." The mastering of this budget-priced disc is not the greatest, but then the original recorded sound quality was never very good to begin with. What's important is the music; the primitive technology can't hide the lyrical brilliance of Beiderbecke, whose playing sounds amazingly fresh almost 80 years after the fact. Also of note is Trumbauer's contribution; while the intemperate Beiderbecke earned a cult following, the more methodical Tram was an excellent musician in his own right and one of the first great jazz saxophonists. The incisive logic and subtle musicality expressed here transcend questions of style or genre. Classic music that's beautifully played.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Hallmark Records
UPC: 5030073063027
catalogNumber: 30630
Rank: 154348

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Performance Credits

Bix Beiderbecke   Primary Artist,Cornet

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Composer
Eddie Green   Composer
Donald Heywood   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Howdy Quicksell   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Dick Voynow   Composer
Ray Lodwig   Composer
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Bob Schafer   Composer

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