I’m visiting friends and family in the Midwest this week, and I paid a visit to the childhood home of the great Bix Beiderbecke in Davenport, Iowa.
Bix’s music was magical, and his life was cut tragically short when he drank himself to death at age 28. He is one of my favorite jazz artists, and I half-jokingly say I trace my lineage back to Bix: a white musician growing up outside a major city who learned to play jazz by listening to recordings.
Bix’s cornet solo on “Singin’ the Blues” is among the most perfectly constructed solos ever recorded. The 1927 recording also features Frankie Trumbauer on C-Melody saxophone, Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet, and Eddie Lang on guitar:
A few interesting notes:
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