Re: Come Easy, Go Easy Love . . . "a hot performance"
Ken, thank you so much for mentioning this; and what a delightfully clever and winning title for your initial posting by mentioning "Bessie Couldn't Help It." Albert, thank you as well for your customary diligence in the documentation, and providing the song links.
It would seem that Bix's purported presence could have been at either the April or the July session based on who one refers to. It does seem odd that Sunny Clapp, of all people, would have a recollection of Bix recording with the band, but the mention of Eli Oberstein struck me as interesting. I am familair with his name as an assistant to session producer Ralph Peer. In May 1933, country/blues singer Jimmie Rodgers, then with only a few days of life remaining, waxed twelve titles in New York. The story goes that Peer absented himself from the session, and left them to Oberstein, who was quite concerned about the precarious nature of Rodgers' condition. The Bear Family six-CD reissue does not bear this out: Peer is listed as present for all of Rodgers' May sessions. Thus, do we have another clever interjection of Oberstein in the Clapp scenario as well?
I had not listened to "Learn to Croon" in quite some time. I believe that I had mentioned the title in passing earlier in the decade and it was decided that the cornet/trumpet obligato behind the vocal was not Bix based on the aural evidence. Regardless, "Learn to Croon" is such a winning song. It has such a pleasant pre-Depression simplicity in the lyrics, and is yet very much of 1931 in regard to how "sweet" it is at times. It would be pleasing to think that's Bix behind the vocal, and a fitting swan song; but, if it's not, it's not.
If Carmichael said no Bix for the July session, then there's our answer. I corresponded with a gentlemen who used to post on this board, but has not in quite some time, about the possibility of Bix being on the released take of "Come Easy, Go Easy Love." I believe that we had discussed the very brief, rough-sounding cornet/trumpet break before the vocal as being Bix, and that was about it.
It's always of interest to speculate; but "Learn to Croon" is definitely a keeper!