Paul Whiteman wasn’t a jazz player but he had a knack of finding talent, and he would fit these men into his big symphonic band, even though they might have had a different style. He had a keen appreciation of people like Bix Beiderbecke and Jack Teagarden; he would always recognise such men and hire them.
I remember Whiteman’s arrangement of “Sweet Sue” that he recorded. It has the typical Whiteman style, and at one point the whole band stops and Bix Beiderbecke plays about sixteen bars on his cornet with the rhythm section - just out of this world - and then they go back to that orchestral sound again. He made room for the great players.
Out of this world
This message has been edited by ahaim on Aug 11, 2015 6:43 PM