Bix Beiderbecke: Sorry




Bix Beiderbecke And His Gang


Bix Restored, Vol. 2 (Origin Jazz Library BXCD 04-06 )

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Bix Beiderbecke (cornet), Bill Rank (trombone), Don Murray (clarinet), Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone), Frank Signorelli (piano), Chauncey Morehouse (drums).


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

French biographer Jean Pierre Lion twice uses the word “astonishing” to describe “Sorry.” Bix himself boasted, “I have never felt better on any recording date.” And who’s to argue? Although the tune may not have been Bix’s fastest, it still manages to leave one breathless with its propulsive, toe-tapping hummability. An opening, grenade-burst staccato ignites Don Murray’s 32-bar clarinet solo, and from there things only get better. When Bix finally enters, he pushes against the beat, rides above it, and then hangs back with a brilliant five-note off-the-beat run that defies notation.

Reviewer: Brendan Wolfe

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