Bix

Discussion in 'Jazz / Commercial' started by wayne, Dec 4, 2004.

  1. wayne

    wayne New Friend

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    I just listen to Bix on this web site,man was he kicking.He put so much feeling in a few notes, with a sound as good as Phil Smith.What i like about him was his understating a line and then moveing it into a furno.Bix would have been the greatest if he did not get sick and recline so fast. I think by 35 he would have took on a more swing style of playing.He reminds me of Chet Baker in some ways.
     
  2. vlstpt

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    Chet Baker , when playing with Charlie Parker would say that Chet played like sort of a Bix style, in fact, Chet's dog was named Bix. :play:
     
  3. trickg

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    Wayne, where is the website that has the Bix sound clips? I've always heard how good he was, mainly for his tone, but I've never heard any recordings of him.

    It's too bad he drank himself to death.
     
  4. Still Trying

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    I used to have a record of early recordings of Bix, which I listened to as a kid. I left the record at my parents' house years ago, when I moved out on my own. I don't know what happened to the record.

    But the thing I always loved about Bix was his ability to produce lyrical solos. Lots and lots of guys can produce solos, but IMHO, not too many can produce lyrical solos ala Bix. Bix, if I'm not mistaken, was trained as a classical pianist before he started playing cornet. I guess that's where he learned his theory and acquired the musical training background that allowed him to be so effective as a jazz player. It's probably where he acquired his taste for melody lines also.

    I wish Bix had lived to be a hundred in an age that could have recorded every note he ever played. I wish the same thing for a few dozen other trumpet players like Bunny Berigan, Clyde Hurley, Harry James, Louis Armstrong, ...
     
  5. vlstpt

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    There are Bix recordings on cd as well as Louis with King Oliver and Harry James. Hopefully, more will be released. :-)
     
  6. vlstpt

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    I meant a CD with Louis & King Oliver playing together. :sorry:
     
  7. Whataguy!

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    Lyricism

    I read somewhere that Bix loved Debussy. That explains a lot about his lyrical playing.
     
  8. st. paulitan

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    Check out the Bix set on Mosaic. Great remastered sound!
     
  9. jmathis

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