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Can someone elaborate on what made Bix great?


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 7:17 am    Post subject: Re: Can someone elaborate on what made Bix great? Reply with quote

Robert P wrote:
Is Bix revered as a "great" player mostly because he happened to get a lot of press at the time?

Bix got a lot of press at the time because he was a great player, with a great sound.

Louis Armstrong said this about Bix: "All of a sudden Bix stood up and took a solo and those pretty notes went right through me. You take a man with a pure tone like Bix and no matter how loud the other fellas in the band may be blowing, that pure tone will cut through it all."
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Bix Beiderbecke, he was the poet. He instead of having that really dramatic way of phrasing (Louis Armstrong) he had a really soft, sweet way of phrasing things. Instead of that sharp eighth/quarter note attack, he had sort of a rolling eighth note. And he had a lovely sort of sweet approach to the harmony like he was telling you a story. A big fat sound."

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