Bix Beiderbecke

Bix Beiderbecke Story, Vol. 2: Bix and Tram

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When this LP came out in the 1960s, it was the definitive Bix Beiderbecke album, featuring many of his greatest performances. Since then, all of the music has been reissued by Columbia on a pair of CDs (Singin' the Blues and At the Jazz Band Ball), but listeners who run across this LP may want to acquire it for George Avakian's interesting liner notes. The classics include "Singin' the Blues," "Clarinet Marmalade," "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," "I'm Comin' Virginia," "Ostrich Walk" and "Riverboat Shuffle." Bix is the main star, although the dozen numbers were actually issued under C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer's name; Tram takes a famous solo himself on "Singin' the Blues." Among the key supporting players are clarinetist Jimmy Dorsey, guitarist Eddie Rank, trombonist Bill Rank and clarinetist Don Murray; Bing Crosby joins in on "Mississippi Mud."

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