Bix Beiderbecke (with Frankie Trumbauer & Eddie Lang): For No Reason at All in C

Track

For No Reason at All in C

Artist

Bix Beiderbecke (piano, cornet)

CD

Bix Beiderbecke, Volume I: Singin' The Blues (Columbia Jazz Masterpieces)

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Musicians:

Bix Beiderbecke (piano, cornet), Frankie Trumbauer (C melody saxophone), Eddie Lang (guitar).

Composed by Young-Lewis-Meyer

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Recorded: New York, May 13, 1927

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Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

This track is unusual among the recordings made by Bix Beiderbecke, Frankie Trumbauer, Eddie Lang and other members of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra in 1927; only the trio plays.

A short piano intro by Beiderbecke starts things off, then Trumbauer plays lyrical, flowing lines on his C-melody sax, with sensual flourishes. Lang takes a nice, 2-chorus finger-picked guitar lead, playing variations on the main melodic theme, with Beiderbecke prominently backing him on piano. Trumbauer then takes the lead again with rolling, flowing lines, adding some staccato emphases, with Bix backing him on piano. They end with a brief Lang guitar line, Beiderbecke switches to cornet for a flourish, and Trumbauer has the last word.

This is a fine piece, with each man in turn contributing leads and backing to make an excellent, coherent musical whole. There are no dazzling lines, but the ensemble music produced is most satisfying, with a rich feeling of classic jazz, each with his usual sumptuous tone.

Reviewer: Dean Alger

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