Bix Beiderbecke: Royal Garden Blues


Royal Garden Blues


Bix Beiderbecke And His Gang


Bix & Tram (JSP Records 9133)

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

Composed by Clarence Williams and Spencer Williams


Recorded: New York, October 5, 1927


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

When the Goldkette outfit disbanded, Adrian Rollini rounded up a few Old Reliables for a gig at the Club New Yorker, which promptly went out of business. Bix, meanwhile, decided to ditch Tram and record under his own name again. On “Royal Garden Blues,” a standard popularized by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band (and recorded by Bix’s first band, the Wolverines), he leads the Gang with great confidence. Bix’s close friend, the equally short-lived Don Murray, goes first, then the surprisingly nimble Rollini, who moans like a moose. Bill Rank swings and then wisely steps out of the way – here comes Bix. There’s nothing fancy about his 12 bars, nothing French; they just arrive out of nowhere, effortless and astonishing.

Reviewer: Brendan Wolfe

Related Links

Bixology, an excerpt from a book by Brendan Wolfe
The Dozens: Twelve Essential Bix Beiderbecke Performances by Brendan Wolfe

Remembering Bix by Ted Gioia
Bix Beiderbecke from’s Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians

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