Bix Beiderbecke: Jazz Me Blues


Jazz Me Blues


Bix Beiderbecke (cornet)


Bix Beiderbecke, Volume 2: At the Jazz Band Ball (Columbia CK 46175)

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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 Tom Delaney


Recorded: New York, October 5, 1927


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

When a high-school teacher in Hollywood's juvenile-delinquent flick Blackboard Jungle (1955) plays this track for his students, gangbangers contemptuously shatter both the teacher's collection of fragile shellac disks and his equally brittle illusions about educating teenagers. As broken as his records, the teacher quits his job. The moral may be Cast Not Pearls Before Swine, but there's nothing elitist about "Jazz Me Blues." With disciplined ensembles framing individualistic solos, it's a civics lesson in democracy. Maybe that's why the gangbangers rioted. Jazz extols cooperative freedom, which terrorists fear. "Jazz Me Blues" is a pluralistic pearl.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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