Publisher: Public Domain
CD: Volume 1: Singin' The Blues
1990 CBS Records. All Rights Reserved.
Recording Date: February 4, 1927
Personnel: Bix Biederbecke, cornet; Miff Mole, trombone; Jimmy Dorsey, clarinet and alto saxophone; Frankie Trumbauer, c-melody saxophone; Paul Mertz, piano; Eddie Lang, guitar; Chauncey Morehouse,drums; Fud Livingstone. arranger
Title: Singin’ the Blues
Artist: Bix Beiderbecke
Type of Tune: early jazz (AKA Dixieland and traditional jazz)
Tempo: 138 BPM (beats per minute)
Devices: slurs, bends
Scales: blues, pentatonic, major, mixolydian
Developmental Techniques: the appeal of the tune comes from the overall style and feel
Singin’ the Blues exemplifies Bix Beiderbeck’s style. Compared to Louis Armstrong’s, Bix’s sound is cooler and softer; he plays mostly in the middle register and is less dramatic and more subtle than Louis. His music was heavily influenced by New Orleans Dixieland but it differed in that the tunes were more structured with less group improvisation. Bix Beiderbecke was one of the first white jazz musicians to garner respect from the African American jazz community.