Norman Payne as Bix

by Brad Kay

Indeed, a remarkable record showing the various Americans' powerful influence on their British counterparts. Norman Payne does his best Bix. He comes the closest in tone as anyone I've ever heard. I think he does best in the melody statement which opens the record. Very similar to Bix's opening statement on the Gang version of "Ol' Man River." However, Norman runs out of ideas and clean execution before he's done with the improvised solo, and it only gets worse on the Film-O-Phone take.

Max Goldberg gives Norman Payne a run for his Bixian money on the Fred Astaire English Columbia version of "Puttin' on the Ritz."

Thanks, Nick for letting us hear this!

-Brad K

Posted on Aug 29, 2017, 3:41 PM

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