Frank Trumbauer & Bix Beiderbecke: Krazy Kat
Frank Trumbauer & His Orchestra (With Bix Beiderbecke)
Bix Beiderbecke, Volume 1: Singin' the Blues (Columbia CK 45450)
Bix Beiderbecke (cornet), Frankie Trumbauer (C-melody saxophone), Bill Rank (trombone), Don Murray (clarinet, baritone sax), Adrian Rollini (bass saxophone), Joe Venuti (violin), Frank Signorelli (piano), Eddie Lang (guitar), Chauncey Morehouse (drums),
Bobby Davis (alto sax).
Arranged by Don Murray. Composed by Frankie Trumbauer & Chauncey Morehouse.
Recorded: New York, September 28, 1927
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
Hollywood's Young Man With a Horn (1950), writes film scholar David Sterritt, is "loosely based" on Bix Beiderbecke and "explicit about the trumpet as a fetish." Any suggestion that Bix was sexually fixated on his cornet is pretty sick stuff, but nobody better embodied the self-destructive Roaring Twenties. Here Bix cavorts with another Jazz Age icon—Krazy Kat, feline focus of George Herriman's long-running newspaper cartoon. Surprisingly, this track is distinguished by its orderliness. Bix's languid legato presides over a businesslike ensemble about as wild & crazy as President Calvin Coolidge soberly invoking what Chico Marx called a "sanity clause."
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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