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At the Jazz Band Ball 2
Bix Beiderbecke
At the Jazz Band Ball 2
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Working as a featured soloist with Paul Whiteman's orchestra, cornetist Bix Beiderbecke still found opportunities to play in small jazz groups, where his creativity could range freely. This music comes from a six-month per...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bix Beiderbecke
Title: At the Jazz Band Ball 2
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Release Date: 4/1/2008
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 886972471723

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Working as a featured soloist with Paul Whiteman's orchestra, cornetist Bix Beiderbecke still found opportunities to play in small jazz groups, where his creativity could range freely. This music comes from a six-month period between October 1927 and April 1928 and spotlights sessions led by both Bix and his frequent musical partner, saxophonist Frank Trumbauer. The earliest session features the Chicago Loopers, with Beiderbecke and Trumbauer heard to best advantage on the two takes of "Three Blind Mice." Six tunes by Bix Beiderbecke and his Gang represent the musical highpoint here, with Beiderbecke creating spontaneous lines that have the mark of great composition. He's in good company, as well, with frequent outbursts from Adrian Rollini on bass saxophone, an unlikely soloist but one who played his unwieldy instrument with enthusiasm and precision. There are also several tracks recorded under Trumbauer's name, some of which tend to the sentimental popular music of the day. But the music leaps to life whenever Beiderbecke's cornet, Trumbauer's saxophone, or Joe Venuti's violin comes to the fore. On "Cryin' All Day," one of the Trumbauer band's more spirited jazz numbers, Bix is adding fresh details to the out-chorus that still have the capacity to surprise. --Stuart Broomer

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An amazing collection
"Gimpy" Peach Johnson | 09/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a big Bix fan for many years, and was delighted when I purchased this CD. Bix, in my opinion, was the best jazz cornetist of all time, and ranks as my favorite jazz musician. The tone he was able to achieve on his cornet just floors me every time I listen to his records. This collection does a good job of bringing together some of his best recordings along with his rarest, and several tracks he might not even have played on! (I think most have agreed that Bix was NOT on the Lou Raderman sides). I would easily give this disc 5 stars if it weren't for the dull, lifeless remastering, which really dampens the sound and sucks the tone right out of Bix's cornet. I have a Parlophone re-issue 78rpm of "At The Jazz Band Ball" and even with a little surface noise, the clarity and brilliance is far beyond the remastered track on this disc. If you really like Bix, save your money and invest in the "Bix Restored" series which features excellent transfers by John R. T. Davies. If you only want one or two Bix discs, this is a good one to get. The discography is very good and the notes are o.k. Of course, the music is beyond compare, and the only thing that would improve this disc would be better transfers/remastering."