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If Bix Played Gershwin

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I Got Plenty Of Nuttin'
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Oh Lady Be Good
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Sweet And Lowdown
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I Got Rhythm
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But Not For Me
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Kongo Kate
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I've Got A Crush On You
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Rialto Ripples
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The Half Of It, Dearie, Blues
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's Wonderful
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Yankee Doodle Rhythm
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I Was So Young
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Fascinating Rhythm
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In A Mist
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Sunny Disposish
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Embraceable You #1
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Embraceable You #2
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Somebody Loves Me
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Total Tracks: 18   Total Length: 59:44

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I've Been Waiting For This

dirtdoctor

I have been waiting for this compilation, after 50 years of playing trumpet and listening to musicians with more opportunities than I took. Dick Hyman and his friends are professionals who often have to conform to others' requests. This compilation lets them go where they want to be: musical heaven. If Bix had lived longer, he would have been called the best ever jazz man. If I had concentrated on music, instead of my career as a geologist, I might have met him. That would have been all I needed. Now I have this wonderful album from his surrogates. I'll find some more next month.

They Say All Music Guide

There’s nothing like a completely different approach to render familiar music fresh, and as the title to Dick Hyman and Tom Pletcher’s album suggests, they had a great idea. If Bix Played Gershwin is governed by the simple idea of arranging 18 Gershwin tunes in the classic jazz style utilized by cornetist Bix Beiderbecke. Pianist Hyman and cornetist Pletcher are joined by a fairly large ensemble including clarinetist Dan Levinson, trombonist David Sager, bass saxophonist Vince Giordano, guitarist-banjo player Bob Leary, and percussionist Ed Metz, Jr.. What makes the idea more than just an exercise is the verve and vibrancy of the performances, all channeled through Hyman’s sparkling arrangements. There’s an energetic Dixieland take on “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin,” and one of the happiest versions of “I Got Rhythm” you’re likely to hear. There are two versions of “Embraceable You,” and the appearance of a couple rarities, “Kango Kate” and “Yankee Doodle Rhythm.” Interestingly, Beiderbecke played a number of Gershwin’s pieces while working with Paul Whiteman in the ’20s and perhaps, had he lived longer, would’ve completed a project just like this one. If Bix Played Gershwin is a ‘s wonderful way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated Beiderbecke’s death, and will be a welcome addition to Hyman and Pletcher’s catalog. – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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