Only two people responded to my "cosmic importance" post on single notes, mes amis Jean Pierre et Frank (both with excellent musical taste: they love Charles Trenet ). I think the question of isolated single notes in controversial Bix recordings deserves further scrutiny and analysis.
The single notes are not, in every case, a way of smoothing out the modulation: they are just single notes out of nowhere, with no apparent function. Frank makes the point that Grofe had a weakness for single notes. Fair enough, but most, if not all of the time, for celeste. Two questions come to mind. I they were included by Grofe, would one find them specifically noted in the arrangements in the Williams College Whiteman collection? If so, it would be something to check. Who has access to the Whiteman collection and can read music? I know Frank was given a hard time about letting him borrow (or was it copy?) arrangements. Are your relations with the curator for the Whiteman collection OKeh now? Could you ask -without too much hassle- for the arrangements of Louise and Sunshine? The second question, and one to which I already have an answer is, are there single notes in recordings of Bix without Whiteman?
Guess the answer? Pretty obvious. I would not have asked it if the answer did not support my hypothesis/contention that all those isolated single notes are the work of, who else? but Bix!
Listen to Bless your sister. What do you hear at 58 seconds?
Listen to High on a Hilltops. What do you hear at 21 seconds?
Listen agian to Louise (Whiteman's version). What do you hear at 54 seconds?
Listen again to Sunshine. What do you hea at 42 seconds?
I asked before and I ask again. Can anyone cite recordings where there is absolute certainty that Bix is not present but have isolated single notes on what sounds like a cornet with no obvious function or rhyme or reason?