Bix Beiderbecke is most well known for his cornet playing, however before he started playing the cornet, he played the piano. In 1919, his brother bought some recordings of the Original Dixieland Jass Band (ODJB), that provided Bix with an inspiration to become a jazz musician. Having not learnt to read music properly, Bix listened to the ODJB’s Tiger Rag and played it on his piano. Latter on in 1919, he borrowed a cornet from his neighbour and started playing it, and from then on the cornet become his main performing instrument. However Bix would go back to the piano throughout his career, improvising and composing on it. It was during one such improvisation that one of Bix’s most celebrated pieces “In A Mist” was invented. The piece was recorded by Bix on
The first take of “In a Mist” went over the 3 minute allowance, so a second take had to be made. During the second take Frank Trumbauer tapped Bix on the shoulder 15 seconds before the time was up and Bix promptly completed the track with a reprised coda.
Frank Trumbauer later arranged and re-recorded “In a Mist” for his own band a few years after Bix’s death in 1934 for Brunswick records.
Bix Beiderbecke - In A Mist (1927 recording)
Frank Trumbauer & His Orchestra - In A Mist (1934 recording)
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