- Joker. This
is the first attempt to transcribe all of Bix's 78 rpm recordings in
order, including alternate takes. The set,entitled "Bixology,
Bix Beiderbecke 1924-1930" consists of 14 LP's and was
by International Joker in Italy and distributed by Saar Srl. of Milan.
The individual records were issued during 1973 and 1974. The boxed set
was issued in 1981 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bix's
There are no liners, only a discography. There are 200 sides included
this set. The recordings that are not included are 19, 45, 94, 98, 99,
102, 108, 117, 118, 120-124, 127, 128, 133, 138, 141-143, 146-150, 153,
154, 160, 162-167, 174, 177-179, 182, 183, 185, 186, 188-192, 195, 198,
200, 201, 206-208, 213-215, 217-222, 225, 228, 232, 237-239, 242, 248,
249, 256-258. These are mostly recordings where Bix's audible
are practically indiscernible. The set includes Get Out and Get
the Moon, Paul Whiteman, May 22, 1928 and When You Are
the Stars Alone, Paul Whiteman, September 13, 1929. These are
in the list of 78 recordings provided above nor are they included in
Sunbeam or Masters of Jazz sets. According to Brian Rust's The
Dance Band Discography, 1917-1942, Bix was not present for
recordings. The set includes One Night in Havana, Hoagy
September 15, 1930. For additional information on this recording, see analysis.
The Joker set was a valiant and successful attempt to provide
that was known at the time regarding Bix's recording career. The LP's
produced from original 78's kindly made available by three record
and Bix fans, Vittorio Castelli, the late Ted Kaleveld (coauthors of
disco-biography, see Biographies), and Lino Patruno (producer of the
of the film Bix: An interpretation of a Legend).
set of 20 LP's, entitled "Sincerely, Bix Beiderbecke"
the definitive, chronological, almost complete set of recordings
of Bix Beiderbecke. The project was researched by the coproducers, Alan
Roberts and John R. T. Davies. The discographical information was from Bix,
Man and Legend, by Richard Sudhalter and Philip Evans, from Tom
Pletcher and from Paul Mertz. The preparation took four years, and
a world-wide search for the best possible sources. The set was issued
1988. It includes a very informative and well-written booklet by Chip
Beiderbecke, An Appreciation", several photographs, and a copy
of a letter from Paul Mertz to Charles Wareing.
unissued sides were found and are included. Alternate takes of Parts 1,
3, and 4 of Metropolis are not included. Neither are three sides - Oh
Gee! Oh Joy!, Why Do I love You and Ol' Man River - recorded
Lou Raderman and His Pelhalm Heath Inn Orchestra on March 3, 1928. For
additional information about these recordings, see analysis.The
September 13, 1929 recording of Waiting at the End of the Road
by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra is included, but the solo is assigned to
Andy Secrest, not to Bix; see analysis.
The September 15, 1930 recording of One Night in Havana by
Hoagy Carmichael and his orchestra is included as a Bix side; see analysis.
In addition to all known Bix's recordings (with the exceptions
above), part of record 19 and record 20 contain sides from musicians
influenced by Bix such as Jimmy McPartland, Sterling Bose, Red Nichols,
Andy Secrest, Bobby Hackett, Esten Spurrier, and Tom Pletcher.
- Bix Restored.
Note added 4/9/03. The complete set, four
twelve CDs, 289 tracks is now complete. Undoubtedly this is the
Bix on CD. It is a magnificent set with all of Bix's recordings,
alternate takes. The sound is excellent, the liners highly informative.
Since the tracks are presented in chronological order, they illustrate
admirably Bix's progress as a cornet player and musician throughout his
very short life. "Bix Restored" is a complete musical biography
the jazz genius from Davenport. As such it is "required course
for Bixophiles and jazz aficionados throughout the world.
Bix Restored, Volume 1. February 1924-September 1927.
Bix Restored, Volume 2. September 1927-February 1928.
Bix Restored, Volume 3. February 1928-June 1928.
Bix Restored, Volume 4. JUne 1928-September 1930.
For detailed information and listing of the tracks
each CD visit the Origin
Original information, 1999.
is an excellent beginning to what could be the definitive Bix on CD. At
present, volumes 1 and 2 consisting of three CD's each and covering the
period February 1924 through February 1928 are available. The
included here are identical to those in the Sunbeam LP set except for
additional mastering. Recordings 1-130 in the list of original 78's are
to be savored. Let's hope that the complete set will become available
the not too distant future.
Note added 2/14/99: Bill
Givens, the producer of the set, passed away sometime in the last month.
Note added 10/2/99: Volume
1 consists of three CD's and covers the period February 1924 through
1927. It includes recordings 1-65 (Fidgety Feet to Wringin' and
of the "Original 78 r.p.m. Recordings"
section. Volume 1 includes a fold-out map, sort of a board game with
dates in Bix's life.
Volume 2 consists of three CD's
and covers the period September 1927 to February 1928. It includes
66-130 (Humpty Dumpty to From Monday On, Take 6). Volume 2 includes a
informative booklet by Randy Skrevedt, the editor of Past
Times, The Nostalgia Entertainment Newsletter. In the booklet,
provides "capsule biographies of some of Bix's compatriots."
Randy writes (e-mail message of
10/1/99): "Volume Three is now in production; Volume One will be
soon (with all new graphics replacing the fold-out "map" of the
issue, and some new and improved transfers).
Note added 8/13/2005.
OJL announces Bix Restored, Vol. 5 release
Now available from Origin Jazz
Library, Bix Restored Volume 5 is an addendum to the
acclaimed Bix Restored series that featured meticulous restoration of
every recording on which cornetist Bix Beiderbecke played. The
highlight of this volume is three newly
discovered alternate takes of recordings featuring Beiderbecke: one by
Paul Whiteman's orchestra and two by Frankie Trumbauer's orchestra, one
of which, "Futuristic Rhythm," contains the best and most significant
new solo by Bix to be discovered in nearly three decades. The
rest of the CD is filled with the reverberations of Bix's influence on
his contemporaries between 1927 and 1939. On this CD, you will hear the
work of well-known
horn men like Jimmy McPartland and Bobby Hackett, as well as more
obscure disciples such as Andy Secrest and Stirling Bose. Also
included are other performers such as Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman and
Red Norvo, showing that Bix's influence was not limited to cornetists
and trumpeters. The package also features a new essay on Bix's
influence by renowned author, Bix scholar and cornetist Richard
M. Sudhalter. New, digital restoration and sound
reduction by Michael Kieffer.
Price: $16.00 plus $2.00 shipping in United States. See
website for international orders.
To order, send check or money order to
Origin Jazz Library
1534 N. Moorpark Rd.
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(order from New Release page)
1. Ol' Man
Whiteman & his Orch. (unissued take)
Trumbauer & his Orch. (unissued take)
Trumbauer & his Orch. (unissued take)
Frankie Trumbauer & his Orch.
Red Nichols & his Five Pennies
(Blue & Broken
Bennie Goodman's Boys
Hotsy Totsy Gang
9. Add a
All Star Orchestra
There's a Rainbow 'Round
McKinney's Cotton Pickers
Miller & his Orch.
Hoagy Carmichael & his Pals
Royal Peacock Orchestra
Jean Goldkette & his Orch.
Original Chinese Blues Boyd
Senter & his Senterpedes
(We'll Find Our Shelter)
Carolina Collegians (Hal Kemp)
Night Club Kings
Connie's Inn Orchestra (Fletcher Henderson)
Kissin' My Baby
Duke Ellington & his Famous Orchestra
20. In a
Sue - Just
Carl Webster's Yale Collegians
Andrew Aiona's Novelty Four
Adrian Rollini's Quintet
Bobby Hackett & his Orchestra
- Masters of Jazz. The
set consists of 8 CD's issued in France between 1991 and 1995. The
of Jazz collection is directed by Christian Bonnet with Philippe
as the musical consultant. There are extensive liners and
notes in French and in English by Marc Richard, a saxophone and
player who performed extensively in Europe with several jazz bands and
who taught history of jazz at the CIM school of music. About 180 sides
are included in this set. The recordings which are not included are 19,
24, 26, 27-30, 36, 39, 40, 43-46, 87, 94, 98,99, 102, 107, 109, 117,
120-124, 127, 133, 138, 141-150, 153, 154, 162, 165, 168, 169, 171-174,
177-179, 182, 183, 185, 186, 188-192, 195, 200, 201, 206-208, 213-222,
225, 228, 232, 237-239, 242, 243, 248, 249, 256-258, 271. The set
the post-Bix recordings by the Wolverine Orchestra (with Jimmy
on cornet) of When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
5, 1924) and Prince of Wails (December 12, 1924), Paul
recording of When You're Counting the Stars Alone
13, 1929), Jess Stacy's recordings of In the Dark,
Flashes, and Candlelights (mid- and late
and Red Norvo's recording of In A Mist (November 21,
Andy Secrest is specifically identified as the soloist in When
Are Counting the Stars Alone. The discographical notes justify
the absence several of Bix's recordings on the basis of the absence of
an important audible contribution of Bix to the recording or the
between two takes of the same song. Record 87 (Sugar, Frankie
October 26, 1927) is excluded explicitly. See the discussion above.
set consists of nine CD's and was produced in 1991 by IRD Records of
Italy.This is basically the Joker set with the addition of recordings
had been discovered since the initial issue of the Joker set. At the
of Lino Patruno, the production of this set was timed to coincide with
the 60th anniversary of Bix's death. The additions to the Joker set are
the Marion McKay's side Doo-Wacka-Doo (see analysis), the
alternate take of Thou Swell, and the 1950 Ralph
recordings of In A Mist, Candlelights, Flashes and In
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- The Complete OKeh
Recordings Of Bix Beiderbecke, Frank Trumbauer and Jack Teagarden
April 3, 2004)
This is a set of seven CDs
by Mosaic Records. The
set contains every OKeh Bix and Tram and Bix and His Gang recordings of
1927-1929. It also includes the Broadway Bell Hops and Chicago Loopers
sessions. There are a total of about 60 Bix sides. The producer is
Wenzel. Audio restoration is by Doug Pomeroy and the liners are
by Richard Sudhalter. The presentation and sound are outstanding. In
the set contains a lot of Tram (without Bix) and Teagarden. To see the
complete discography, click here.
I reviewed this set in the Bixography Forum on
2002. Here is a copy of that review.
First, let me say a little something about the
The CDs come in a 12 3/8 inch box, exactly the size of an old LP album
and fits well with a collection of LPs. The box has a facsimle ca 5 1/2
in of the OKeh label for Trumbauer's record "Baby Won't You Please Come
Home?" Inside the box there are the seven CDs that constitute the music
and a 36-page pamphlet with extensive liners and extremely detailed
information. The set was produced by Scott Wenzel. The audio
is by Doug Pomeroy with disc and tape transfers by Doug Pomeroy,
Meyer, John R.T. Davies and Jack Towers. The liners are written by
M. Sudhalter. A panel of experts consisting of Richard Sudhalter, Scott
Wenzel, Michael Brooks, Dan Morgerstern, Mike Peters, Dave Sager, Loren
Schoenberg and Joe Showle was convened to analyze and provide accurate
The pamphlet is very handsomely put together and
25 very well reproduced and high-quality photographs, many of which
previously unpublished. The text is written by Richard Sudhalter with
usual insights and flair. After a general introduction, Dick goes on to
discuss each of the sessions in chronological order. There is general
about the tunes recorded as well as detailed musical analyses.
asides abound, quotes from musicians are provided, so that we are not
dealing with "liners" as ordinarily found in LPs or CDs. The complete
of the recording sessions represents a mini-history and analysis of
of the most influential and prominent white jazz musicians of the 1920s
and first half of the 1930s.
Last, but not least, we turn to the sound. Doug
has done miracles with the sound. The latest Mosaic Brochure (#40,
2001) reports an interview of Doug by Scott Wenzel. Clearly, Doug is an
experienced and highly competent audio engineer who takes the audio
-or music restoration as he prefers to call what he does- as a labor of
love, not just a job to be completed. Doug is concerned about the
of the original discs. He starts by cleaning them very thoroughly (gas
mask and gloves are required!). Then he worries about pitch and styli
play the discs. Once the music is extracted from the original discs,
utilizes Digidesign software, and occasionally CEDAR, to remove noise
distortions. The procedure is very time-consuming - Doug succintly
"It takes time." The result is most certainly worthy of the time,
and care devoted to obtaining it.
From my personal point of view, it was a thrill to
consecutively and in chronological order the recordings from the first
four sessions of Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra. There are no
and we are dealing with pure Bix and Tram at their peak of creativity
freshness. The sound is so good, that I think I convinced myself that I
was listening to my beloved Bix in person. Wishful thinking? Perhaps.
All in all, we owe a great debt of gratitude to
Scott Wenzel, writer and musician Richard Sudhalter, and music
Doug Pomeroy. They have provided a treasure to be enjoyed and savored
years to come. At about $15 each, the seven CDs are a bargain
the amount of work and expertise that went into producing them.
Through His Music, Bix
BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS
of Some Recordings: Is It Bix or Not ?
Compilations of Bix's Recordings
Recordings Related to Bix