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  • Audio CD (13 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0012GN1OI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Features Jazz Me Blues; Cryin' All Day, and the first sides the legendary trumpeter recorded with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. Also included is a previously unknown session led by Lou Raderman, while a very young Bing Crosby cameos on Mississippi Mud.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By concan on 10 Mar. 2013
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pooly put togeter some of the tunes are repeated and i would not recomed this disc of bix beiderbecke , fed up listening to 3 blind mice
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
An amazing collection 18 Sept. 2001
By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have been a big Bix fan for many years, and was delighted when I purchased this CD. Bix, in my opinion, was the best jazz cornetist of all time, and ranks as my favorite jazz musician. The tone he was able to achieve on his cornet just floors me every time I listen to his records. This collection does a good job of bringing together some of his best recordings along with his rarest, and several tracks he might not even have played on! (I think most have agreed that Bix was NOT on the Lou Raderman sides). I would easily give this disc 5 stars if it weren't for the dull, lifeless remastering, which really dampens the sound and sucks the tone right out of Bix's cornet. I have a Parlophone re-issue 78rpm of "At The Jazz Band Ball" and even with a little surface noise, the clarity and brilliance is far beyond the remastered track on this disc. If you really like Bix, save your money and invest in the "Bix Restored" series which features excellent transfers by John R. T. Davies. If you only want one or two Bix discs, this is a good one to get. The discography is very good and the notes are o.k. Of course, the music is beyond compare, and the only thing that would improve this disc would be better transfers/remastering.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Better sound quality than the JSP set. 2 Aug. 2011
By Comic Online - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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 1) . 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. The problem with that is two-fold. For one, they are one generation removed from the master, so there is a slight degradation in fidelity. Second, a consumer-level 78 just can not hold the same quality of musical information as the original masters did. If they did, then masters would have just been made of the same material and process as the 78's. Again, no matter how talented a re-master is, if he's working with 78's instead of the masters, he has to work with a lower-quality medium. That said, sometimes masters are badly damaged or lost, and 78's are the only way to go. But not in the case of this music. Like most Okeh recordings of this era, the masters were recorded remarkably well, and have survived in pretty good shape.

That all said, i remind you that these Columbia discs are not perfect. They were remastered more than 20 years ago, and technology has improved quite a bit. If it were re-done today, from the original parts, it would absolutely sound better than either of these.

So, what it all comes down to is taste. Neither set has much surface noice/scratchiness on it, so don't worry about that. If you want to hear more of the actual music, with Bix's trumpet in a clean tone, then get the Columbia set. It's definitely closer to what would have been heard in the studio. If you want more tracks, and aren't going to be critical with your listening, you will probably be fine with the JSP set. To me, it only sounds inferior when i compare it to the Columbia set. And if you're only getting ONE disc, definitely get Volume One. The best tracks are there, and it's usually cheaper anyway.

NOTE!!! I forgot that there was also a Mosaic Records box set of all this. It came out about 5 years ago, and is out-of-print. I don't have it, so can't compare, but usually their stuff is mastered from the originals, and is likely the best-sounding you will get of Bix-Trumbauer material. Bear in mind, you may end up paying through the nose for it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
old jazz 2 Oct. 2012
By Cathleen H. Goforth - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Bix at his best. It is joyous music. It is not modern, but it is superb. I recommend it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"BIX" round 2 26 April 2013
By E. (Harry) Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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AT THE JAZZ BAND BALL is the second volume of the greatest of Bix Beiderbecke's in-band recordings, companion to Singin the Blues 1 (see my review). Music not only from my hometown, that I was raised hearing, but some of the greatest music of all time.

Though I find this album a slight drag when compared to SINGIN', it is still the best of Bix you'll ever hear recorded. If you got SINGIN' or plan to get it, get this too in order to have all "true" American music right on your shelf or in your technical whizz-bag contraption that plays music to you. Hear it on one of those gizmos, THEN you'll know this is music for the ages.

"At the Jazz Band Ball" and "Royal Garden Blues" are the two finest tracks on here, personal favorites of mine of course but also masterpieces that represent sea-changes in our music forever. Bix especially shines in these. As I said in my other review, Bix's cornet is a Goddess singing to her people.

"At The Jazz Band Ball" was composed by a forgotten musical giant, Nick LaRocca, who was a left-handed cornetist. He was, as far as I know, the only southpaw on cornet but he was also a seminal force in Dixieland, having composed some of its greatest songs. Another example of LaRocca's handiwork is the immortal (and today always overdone) "Tiger Rag". This great man emerged from a youth of Ragtime, and would have rivaled Bix had he not sunk into the oblivion of time.

Luckily, that particular bullet was one Bix dodged well - but his original compositions did fall by the wayside, as forgotten and neglected as LaRocca seems to be. Unlike the SINGIN' album, which has Bix performing his composition "In A Mist", you won't hear anymore of that on this album. In all, Bix wrote "Davenport Blues" (which is a genius composition but it's juvenilia), "In a Mist", "In the Dark", "Candle Light", and the tentatively titled "Clouds" (which was never heard by the public but I got to hear it).

"Jazz Me Blues" is incomparable and you'll hear in it all the seeds of music since then: everyone from Louis Armstrong to Thelonious Monk to Miles Davis learned at the feet of this great composer/musician.

My one warning, though it is part of our history and we need to hear it, is about "Mississippi Mud", with Bing Crosby singing like a black man and doing a damned poor job of it. This was the musical version of blackface and was all too common.

Bix, who reportedly hated it so much he deliberately played no better than mediocre on the track, was friend and visitor to the black musicians of the day. THAT simply wasn't done, but he did it. So beware, "when the darkies beat their feet on the Mississippi Mud" as an example of the lyrics, this is racism at its worst. Be happy in the knowledge that Bix, according to legend, was considered by the black community to be one of them.

Otherwise don't be a fool to pass this up - it is our history, our legacy, and it is Bix's soul.
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The best Bix album of the bunch! 8 Aug. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Believe it or not, there is no better Bix album than this. Also, in conjunction with Volume 1, there is no better Bix collection. Enjoy!
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