Bix Beiderbecke: Singin' the Blues – as heard in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Track

Singin' the Blues

Group

Frank Trumbauer & His Orchestra (with Bix Beiderbecke)

CD

Bix & Tram (JSP Records 913)

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Musicians:

Bix Beiderbecke (cornet), Frankie Trumbauer (C-melody saxophone), Jimmy Dorsey (clarinet, alto sax), Bill Rank (trombone), Eddie Lang (guitar),

Doc Ryker (alto sax), Paul Mertz (piano), Chauncey Morehouse (drums)

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Recorded: New York, February 4, 1927

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Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

By the time Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool was first marketed as such (1954), cool jazz had been around for 30 years. The 1920s evoke hot-footed flappers burning up the dance floor to Hot Fives, Hot Sevens and Red Hot Peppers, but "Singin' the Blues" is cooler than bathtub gin in an igloo. Backed only by Lang at Heaven's gait, minute one features Trumbauer's sweet oddity C-melody sax. Minute two finds Bix's legendary legato supplanting Trumbauer. Minute three ushers in the remaining cast for an easygoing finale. This classic track could illustrate an audio dictionary under laid-back. Indispensable loveliness.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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