Proper's treatment of the work of trumpeter, composer, and pianist Bix Beiderbecke is a single-disc collection numbering 26 cuts. While it is named for his most famous composition, recorded for the first time as a solo piano piece, this compilation ranges all over his career, addressing recordings from his time with the Jean Goldkette Orchestra ("Clementine (from New Orleans)"), Frankie Trumbauer's great band ("For No Reason at All in C"), and Paul Whiteman's group ("Royal Garden Blues") among others. Jazz collectors and hard core Bix-heads have all of this material and more, but as a solid, single-disc introduction to one of the early pioneers of jazz, this set is tough to beat, especially at Proper's excellent price point. The notes are rudimentary but sufficient, and this collection should serve, at the very least, to further interest any novice in exploring more.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek