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Bix Beiderbecke, Volume I: Singin' The Blues

Bix Beiderbecke, Volume I: Singin' The Blues

January 30, 1990

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 30, 1990
  • Release Date: January 30, 1990
  • Label: Columbia Jazz Masterpieces
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  • Total Length: 59:50
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  • ASIN: B00138F6IE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,955 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Bix Biedercke really shines in a talented group.
Paul Severson
And if you're only getting ONE disc, definitely get Volume One.
Comic Online
This CD is a compilation of some of his greatest work.
Howard M. Wiley Jr.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By TeeBee on May 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In addition to being among the most influential and beautiful jazz sides ever recorded, the original Okeh 78s were exceptionally well-recorded for their day, as any collector lucky enough to own one will tell you. Digital remastering was in its early days when Columbia issued this and its companion Bix disc, and it shows; the sound is flat, with the brilliance of the highs all but gone. It's shameful that Sony/BMG, which now owns nearly EVERYTHING Bix recorded, including the Columbia and Victor Whiteman sides, has not done justice to Bix by releasing the beautiful boxed set that collectors worldwide would welcome. In the meantime, the best restorations thus far are the "Bix Restored" sets, and that's where you should begin if you have interest in Bix or the best of late 20s jazz in general.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Thomoz on October 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of the other reviews commented how this disc had no surface noise? Well, they're right. The noise reduction (sounds like an older analog process) removed enough of the upper frequencies that the label chose to add echo after the fact to cover up their handiwork. So, "Blue River" is a brilliant performance . . . but it appears here in mediocre sound. For my money, the best sounding set out there NOT on Mosaic is the 2-cd 'Jazz Tribune Vol 48' on RCA (a French release).

There is a WORSE sounding Beiderbecke cd out there, with Orrin Keepnews' name on it yet. BUT . . . that's another story.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By daniel on January 12, 1999
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he really was a genius. his solo in 'singing the blues', and the climax of 'riverboat shuffle' are some of the most beautiful things i've ever heard, which is saying a lot. the absolutely pure sound that he got from the horn comes across clearly in these disc recordings.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenda T. Childress on August 27, 2009
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My teenage music passion was early jazz, and one LP I absolutely wore out (playing it on a portable player with the type of needle that looked like a sharpened pencil lead) was the George Avakian production The Bix Beiderbecke Story Volume 2: Bix and Tram. I still have it, but trying to listen to it is painful, given the pops and skips it accumulated during those thousands of playbacks.

I serendipitously discovered the availability of this album on CD, and when it came it was a moving experience to hear "Singin' the Blues" in all its remastered beauty. Recorded between February and September of 1927, this album offers a good overview of the Bix and Tram recordings, some of the best of Twenties jazz, from small ensemble "dixieland" jazz to some of the larger orchestral arrangements for occasions when the guys put on their tuxedos and played posh places.

The best of this album are the aforementioned "Singin' the Blues," with perhaps Bix's most famous solo, each note perfect and achingly beautiful, "I'm Coming Virginia," "Ostrick Walk," "Clarinet Marmalade," and "Riverboat Shuffle" which feature this group of virtuosos at the top of their form. Also included are two Bix, Tram, and Eddie cuts and "In A Mist." Although "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans," may seem a bit hackneyed at first hearing, it's important to remember that that is the case only because their style and arrangement has been copied by every dixieland group on the planet since.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Howard M. Wiley Jr. on August 27, 2001
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Beiderbecke and Armstrong were the two giants of the horn in the '20s. Bix died too soon to have any great influence on other hornmen, but his music would live on in the "cool school" and "west coast" jazz of the '50s. His use of the whole tone scale, 9th and 13th notes and other improvisational skills would become part of the jazz scene in later years. This CD is a compilation of some of his greatest work. Singin the Blues and I'm Comin' Virginia are the first two jazz ballads recorded.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Comic Online on August 2, 2011
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Let me first say this... if you want to listen to Bix Beiderbecke's short stint with the Frankie Trumbauer Orchestra on CD, you have two choices: the JSP box set, and two Columbia CD's from the early '90s (this, and Volume 2) . The JSP set does give you more tracks, but all the essential tracks are available on the Columbia set too. A number of the tracks in the JSP set don't even have Bix on them.

So which option wins out? I own both sets, and have compared extensively. Risking the anger of the John R.T. Davies fans, i'll have to give the nod to the Columbia discs. Read on for the differences you will hear (if you want to hear them).

The JSP set. This was re-mastered from very clean 78s by one of the best musical restorers of the last 30 years. There is a nice heft to the music, with strong bass present. Dynamic range is pretty good, but a little lacking in the upper register. You can especially notice when someone takes a solo, it sounds like you have your hands slightly covering your ears, and loses some of that upper-end definition. Still, this definitely sounds better than one might think for very early electrical (microphone) recording.

The Columbia set. This was re-mastered from the original metal and glass parts from the Columbia vaults. While there is a bit less heft, and could use a hair more bass, this definitely offers the music cleaner and more transparent. You can really hear every solo very smoothly and cleanly. It's more transparent and crisp than the JSP set.

So, both sets have their ups and downs. The problem with the JSP set is that no matter how talented the late John RT Davies was, he could only do so much, as he didn't have access to the original masters. He had to use consumer-level 78's.
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