Bix's Influence

by Glenda Childress

Listening to bands with Bix and immediately after his departure shows that his actual presence--on the stand or in the recording studio--contributed a lot to the band's sound, apart from his actual playing. As his band mates said in one way or another, he had a lot of ideas that contributed to the arrangements and style of any band he joined. The little glimpse of Bix as leader in Take 1 of "Thou Swell," shaping the tempo of the bridge that Roy Bargy played on piano, tells us something of how he helped craft a performance. His original introductions and conclusions on his Gang recordings and with Tram show that part of his contribution to the records.


Posted on Jan 26, 2018, 10:20 AM

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