Frank Trumbauer & Bix Beiderbecke: Krazy Kat

Track

Krazy Kat

Group

Frank Trumbauer & His Orchestra (With Bix Beiderbecke)

CD

Bix Beiderbecke, Volume 1: Singin' the Blues (Columbia CK 45450)

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Musicians:

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)

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Arranged by Don Murray. Composed by Frankie Trumbauer & Chauncey Morehouse

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Recorded: New York, September 28, 1927

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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

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 jazz.com’s Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians


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