Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra Featuring Bix Beiderbecke: “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

I am not convinced that this was recorded in 1927. It just sounds too clear. In any case, it’s great Here is the credited personnel, at least according to a comment at YouTube: Frankie Trumbauer, Bix Beiderbecke, Bill Rank, Don Murray, Charles “Pee Wee” Russell, Adrian Rollini, Frank Signorelli, Eddie Lang, Joe Venuti and Chauncey Morehouse.

Here is more on Trumbauer:

Frankie Trumbauer’s accomplishments as a Jazz musician have been overshadowed by the role he played in Bix Beiderbecke’s career. In his own right he may have played a greater role in the history of Jazz than Bix, as the grandfather of Modern Jazz. His cool, intellectual style of playing was a major influence on Lester Young, and something of his style can be found in the Cool Jazz movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Trumbauer was unusual in that he played C-Melody saxophone. He got his start playing in several dance bands in the Midwest and eventually became musical director of Jean Goldkette’s Orchestra. (Continue Reading…)

Check out this beautiful cover of Beiderbecke’s “Davenport Blues.” Andy Stein, the saxophonist for “Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen,” had a lot of very nice things to say about Venuti in an interview.