.... they had only three recording sessions together. Of course, Bix and Pee Wee were close friends from the days in St. Louis (1925-26) and the Blue Lantern (summer 1926). In spite of the close frienship, Bix and Pee Wee had only three recording sessions together.
Oct 25, 1927 - Frank Trumbauer and His Orchestra, Cryin' All Day/A Good Man Is Hard To Find OKeh 40966.
Then three years later, one session with Bix and His Orchestra (Sep 8, 1930) and one with Hoagy Carmichael (Sep 15, 1930). I can understand Pee Wee being in the 1930 sessions (Bix invited three, count them three clarinetists, for his session as a band leader for Victor), and a few days later, with many of the same musicians a session with Hoagy as leader. But the presence of Pee Wee in the 1927 Trumbauer session is unexpected, at least to me.
When the Goldkette band dissoved in Sep 1927, Bix, Tram, Rank, Murray and Morehouse joined the newly formed (and short-lived) Rollini's New Yorkers. Under the name of Frank Trumbauer, the New Yorkers (minus Ahola) had several recording sessions. In most of them the reed players were Tram, Murray and Davis. However, in the Oct 25, 1927 session the reed players were Tram, Murray and Pee Wee. So why replace Davis by Pee Wee, especially since another clarinetist (Murray) was there? Does not compute for me.
A further puzzle. The recordings of Cryin' All Day/A Good Man Is Hard To Find were sandwiched between two sets of recording by Bix and His Gang (Goose Pimples/Sorry before and Since My Gal Turned Me Down after). And Don Murray plays clarinet in all three records.
So with one clarinetist (Don) present in the studio all day, why bring in another (Pee Wee)? Was Bobby Davis ill perhaps?
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