Bix Beiderbecke: Royal Garden Blues
Royal Garden Blues
Bix Beiderbecke And His Gang
Bix & Tram (JSP Records 9133)
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
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