Not hidden: out in the sun where everyone can hear these gems
Posted Jun 17, 2012 4:23 PM
The three (eventually) released takes of From Monday On were recorded over a period of two weeks in Februay 1928. Althoiugh recorded within two weeks of each other, it took years and even more than a decade for all to be released: Take 3 was released in 1941, take 4 in 1936 and take 6 in 1928.
To me, the recordings of Matty Malneck's arrangements of From Monday On are little masterpieces, Whiteman at his best, the sweet trio doing the sweet intro followed by 2/3 of the Rhythm boys jazzing it up, and then explosive 32-bar solos (all somewhat different) by Bix, and then Bix is all over the place, leading, pushing, encouraging. Several people have done the experiment of stringing together the three Bix solos, you get 96 bars of Bix at the top of his technical powers and inventive imagination. Of course, not only a show piece for Bix, but a manifestation of the unsurpassed musical qualities of the Whiteman boys playing hot ensemble music. I can't think of Bix without hearing in my head Bix, Bing and the enormous power of the Whiteman musicians doing From Monday On.