Jean Goldkette (with Bix Beiderbecke): My Pretty Girl


My Pretty Girl


Jean Goldkette Orchestra (with Bix Beiderbecke)


Bix Restored, Volume 1 (Origin Jazz Library)

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Bix Beiderbecke (cornet), Frankie Trumbauer (reeds), Joe Venuti (violin),

Fred Farrar, Ray Lodwig (trumpet), Bill Rank, Spiegle Willcox (trombone), “Doc” Ryker, Danny Polo (reeds), Eddy Sheasby (violin), Paul Mertz (piano), Howdy Quicksell (banjo), Steve Brown (bass), Chauncy Morehouse (drums)


Recorded: New York, February 1, 1927


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Jean Goldkette had fired Bix for his poor reading skills, but later rehired him, forming the hottest white dance band of its day. After a nationwide tour, the “Famous Fourteen” squared off against Fletcher Henderson’s post-Satchmo outfit in a legendary battle of the bands at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Henderson’s cornetist Rex Stewart called the experience “humiliating,” and it was partly due to audience favorites like “My Pretty Girl,” which the band recorded a few months later. Bix retreats to the background as Polo on clarinet and Trumbauer on saxophone take a scorching lead, bowing out only briefly for Venuti’s two fiddle breaks. The action, meanwhile, is driven by Brown’s incomparable slap bass. “You know, Steve was even better known to more people at that time than Bix was,” saxophonist Doc Ryker remembered.

Reviewer: Brendan Wolfe

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