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Album Review

This 1989 CD has a sampling of the Victor recordings that featured Bix Beiderbecke. The masterful cornetist is heard on two numbers with Jean Goldkette's Orchestra (including the classic "Clementine"), on 18 of his best selections with Paul Whiteman (including two versions of "When"), and on two cuts from his lone date as a leader in 1930; one can certainly hear Beiderbecke's decline on "Deep Down South." The main reasons to acquire this CD are the Whiteman selections, which include "Changes," "San," "There Ain't No Sweet Man," "Dardanella," "From Monday On" and "You Took Advantage of Me." Bing Crosby and the Rhythm Boys have a few notable vocals, and C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer is heard from. Overall, this is a fine introduction to Bix's Whiteman days. However, the picture is not really complete, since his 1929 recordings were made for Columbia, and completists will want to opt for more comprehensive sets.


Born: March 10, 1903 in Davenport, IA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s

Bix Beiderbecke was one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 1920s. His colorful life, quick rise and fall, and eventual status as a martyr made him a legend even before he died, and he has long stood as proof that not all the innovators in jazz history were black. Possessor of a beautiful, distinctive tone and a strikingly original improvising style, Beiderbecke's only competitor among cornetists in the '20s was Louis Armstrong but (due to their different sounds and styles) one really could not...
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