- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Schirmer Books; First Printing edition (October 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 002872500X
- ISBN-13: 978-0028725000
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,239,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you're looking for a marvelously detailed biography like that, and especially if you're interested in the very early jazz of the 1920s and those who created it, then "Bix: Man and Legend," is the book for you. Authors Richard M. Sudhalter, who was a jazz cornetist himself; Philip R. Evans, and William Dean-Myatt make you see, hear -- yes, even smell, on occasion -- Leon Bix Beiderbecke, who ranks right alongside Louis Armstrong as the two greatest of the jazz cornetist-trumpeters of the early days. Their styles were different -- Armstrong's loud, aggressive, going into the high registers of his instrument; Beiderbecke's usually no higher than the mid-register, but displaying an unequaled golden tone (referred to by several who played with him as "like silver bullets hitting a golden bell" or, "Like a girl saying 'yes,' ") and the genius-like ability to come up with variations without end on the same song. One is reminded of an appearance of one of the bands he played in at a dance, where he did a particularly masterful job at playing lead on a certain song. When the band reprised the tune later in the show, someone in the audience cried, "Bix, PLEASE play it just like you did before!" Bix looked at the person, a little puzzled, and answered, "But I NEVER play a song the same way twice!Read more ›
Again, a very interesting story that fills up my collection of jazz stars. Thank You
is the most accessible biography that is generally available of the legendary yet elusive Bix Beiderbecke, jazz coronetist extrordinaire.
Leon Bix Beiderbecke was born in Davenport Iowa in 1903, became a full time musician by the early 1920s and during the period of that decade was the most influential of the young middle class white jazz musicians. Not neccesarily the most well known, but the player whose influence spread far and wide due to recordings made under his own name and as a sideman for more famed leaders.
Eventually, in 1927, he became the star soloist of the biggest and most famous big band in the country, led by The King of Jazz himself, Paul Whiteman and for a while apparently was fairly well known to the jazz public, which was something new for a sideman who rarely led his own band, even on recording sessions.
Unfortunately, Bix could not control his drinking alcohol and therein lay his ruin.
The "young man with a horn" was wiped out healthwise like many another imbiber of illegal spirits and died before the age of thirty.
Richard M. Sudhalter relates Bix's story down to most of the available details, even including some that are sheer speculation and are generally labeled as such.
Mr. Sudhalter has done a yeoman's job putting this chronicle of the jazz age together, including a personal chronology of Bix's life and a detailed discography
with discussions of discs upon which Bix may or may not have been playing.
Bix Man and Legend is an altogether engrosssing book which brings back the atmosphere and times of the twenties to life, for better and for worse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was well researched and well written. A very compelling read.Published 18 months ago by Tim Hansen
Book was packaged right and in good cond.When you start to read different sections for an overview, one can can see why this book is termed as the definitive read on everything... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by dennis shor
I received the order very promptly and the merchandise was exactly as described--perhaps better. I am thrilled to have such a sturdy copy of this book!Published on June 13, 2010 by Glenda T. Childress
This is a fun book to read, but inaccurate, despite the best intentions of one of the authors.
The more accurate biography of Bix is that by Phil and Linda Evans, which has a... Read more