Celebrating Bix!

by The Bix Centennial All Stars

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"Musicians today are still in awe of Bix Beiderbecke. They still learn from him and in some strange way, across the eight intervening decades, they still connect with the man, love him and want to be his friend. But how do you say all this to Bix on his hundredth birthday? Here’s what we attempted to do on this CD. We present his leads and solos as the focal point of all the pieces. We have scored them for a variety of instruments - three cornets, three C-melody saxes, three clarinets, a brass choir, and a brass and wind group. We wanted to give the listener an idea of how all sorts of instrumentalists and arrangers absorbed Bix's influence and we hoped to capture the harmonic richness that underlies all of Bix's playing. Also, where they exist, we included multiple takes of Bix solos to demonstrate that Bix truly never played the same thing the same way twice, that his music was pure creativity. Above all, Bix loved to play jazz. So we decided that, to get fully into the spirit of what Bix was doing, we would have plenty of improvisation. When you get some of the finest jazz musicians in the world together inspiring each other and all being inspired by Bix, ladies and gentlemen, you’ve got jazz! So here it is. We all loved making it, it was a challenge, everybody worked hard and did their best and every minute was fun." - Doug LaPasta, producer

1. At the Jazz Band Ball
2. Proud of a Baby Like You
3. Deep Harlem
4. Riverboat Shuffle
5. Davenport Blues
6. Jazz Me Blues
7. Blue River
8. I Need Some Pettin’
9. I’m Coming Virginia
10. Lonely Melody
11. Clementine (From New Orleans) [Dick Hyman, piano solo]
12. From Monday On
13. Singin’ the Blues (Till My Daddy Comes Home)
14. There’ll Come a Time (Wait and See)
15. Borneo
16. Clarinet Marmalade
17. 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
18. San
19. Deep Down South


released March 10, 2003

Jon-Erik Kellso, cornet
Randy Reinhart, cornet
Randy Sandke, cornet
Dan Barrett, trombone/cornet
Harvey Tibbs, trombone
Dan Levinson, clarinet/alto saxophone/C-melody saxophones
Pete Martinez, clarinet/C-melody saxophone
Scott Robinson, clarinet/C-melody saxophone/tenor saxophone
Jack Stuckey clarinet/alto saxophone
Dick Hyman, piano (track 11 only)
Mark Shane, piano
Howard Alden, guitar
Matt Munisteri, guitar
Greg Cohen, bass
Vince Giordano, bass/bass saxophone
Joe Ascione, drums
James Langton, vocals
Barbara Rosene vocals
The Manhattan Rhythm Kings (Marc Kessler, Brian Nalepka and Hal Shane), vocals

Producers: Doug LaPasta, Dan Levinson, David White
Associate Producers: Rachel and Mat Domber for Arbors Records, Inc.
Musical Director: Dan Levinson
Recording Dates: April 7, 8, 9, 10 and July 11, 2002
Recording Location: Peter Karl Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Recording Engineer: Peter Karl
Mixed and Editing: Peter Karl, Doug LaPasta, Dan Levinson, Randy Sandke
Mastering: Bryan Shaw/Digital Brothers, Costa Mesa, CA
Cover and Bus Picture Assembly: Judy Bodman
Cover Graphics: Luke Melton
Bix Portrait Graphics: Judy Bodman
Graphics Assembly: Vic DeRobertis/Down Under Design

Cover Photo (left to right): Jon-Erik Kellso, Vince Giordano, Dan Levinson, Howard Alden, Joe Ascione, Mark Shane, Bix Beiderbecke, Dan Barrett

Scott Robinson plays Vandoren Reeds


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