lunes, febrero 09, 2009



© Copyright Oscar Grillo 2009

Red Norvo Quartet
In a mist (1933)
(Bix Beiderbecke)
Brunswick 8236

Red Norvo Quartet: Red Norvo (marimba), Benny Goodman (bass clarinet), Dick McDonough (guitar), Artie Bernstein (bass). New York, November 21, 1933

6 comentarios:

Jocomic dijo...
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dakota73 dijo...

Como anda Maestro hacia rato no pasaba y vi. que me perdí de mucho que ahora recupero, una belleza esta why?,un abrazo.

ariel tenorio dijo...

I don't know, just I don't know...

El editor dijo...

Ya que estamos con la música, este tema de Bix que toca Norvo maravillosamente con Goodman en clarón !!! suena aun moderno a pesar que hace 82 años ya que Bix lo grabara (*) (¡en piano!) en 1927,.
WHY? eeeehhh... WHY?

(*)In A Mist is undoubtedly the most important and famous of all of Bix Beiderbecke's compositions. It is well documented that Bix recorded In A Mist on September 9, 1927, but when did he compose it?

Presumably, Bix had been thinking about the composition for perhaps as many as three years prior to the recording. It is widely known that, whenever a piano was available, Bix would sit down and play what many have described as "beautiful chords". Indeed, there is credible evidence that the seeds of In A Mist go back as far as 1924. For example, Jess Stacy (who later was to record all of Bix's piano compositions) relates that in 1924 he heard Bix play "a song called Baby Blue Eyes with the same harmony he used years later on In A Mist." ("Bix, The Leon Bix Beiderbecke Story" by Philip R. and Linda K. Evans, p.157). Cecil Huntzinger states that in 1925 "Bix would play a few tunes on his horn, then would switch to the piano. We'd just listen and enjoy. He was playing In A Mist although he didn't have a name for it. Try to imagine, hearing it in 1925." ("Bix, The Leon Bix Beiderbecke Story" by Philip R. Evans and Linda K. Evans, p. 182). Paul Mertz states that in 1926 "I remember hearing what was to become In A Mist for the first time here [the Billihurst Hotel in Detroit]." ("Bix, The Leon Bix Beiderbecke Story" Philip R. Evans and Linda K. Evans, p. 235). Hughes Panassie in "Hot Jazz", p. 121 provides some information, : "The principal motif of this piece [In A Mist] was found by Bix while he was improvising on a piano... Bix remembered this motif, which was beautiful, and recorded it with improvisations on it." As a matter of fact, the principal theme of In A Mist was widely known among his fellow musicians prior to his recording it. Evidently, throughout his active life, Bix was generating new musical ideas and trying them on any piano he could get his hands on. Most of his improvisations were not recorded, but, fortunately, In A Mist was captured on wax.
The circumstances surrounding the recording are of interest. As related in "Bix: Man and Legend" by Richard M. Sudhalter and Philip R. Evans, Tom Rockwell, an OKeh Records executive, had heard Bix's improvisations at the piano during recording sessions of the Frank Trumbauer Orchestra. Tom was impressed and asked Frank to convince Bix to record what became known as In A Mist. First, Bix was reluctant, but eventually he agreed. There were also problems during the recording session. The first take was too long. On the second take, Frank tapped Bix on the shoulder fifteen seconds before the three-minute alloted time. Bix added the appropriate coda and successfully completed the piece in the required time.The recording was mastered and issued. The rest is history.

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Oscar Grillo dijo...

Leiste el libro sobre Bix de Sudhalter, Editor?..Una maravilla!

El editor dijo...

No, ni leí nada de él ni tampoco he escuchado grabaciones. Lamentablemente falleció en Septiembre del 2008, luego de sufrir una enfermedad que lo fue invalidando como al pobre Negro Fontanarrosa. Casualmente el jueves me llamó Menchi y hablamos de Sudhalter, Menchi no sabía que había fallecido. Cuando empezó el auge de Internet -segunda mitad de los 90- le encargué a Menchi, por su cuenta y orden, a Amazon el libro más famoso de Sudhalter ("Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945"). Sentida nota del deceso aquí.

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