Daily Archives: September 5, 2009

“BLUE RIVER” — ANDY SCHUMM / PAUL ASARO

This is a priceless collaboration — sounding in the last chorus as if we were eavesdropping on a brilliant casual duet between Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller.  But it’s not jazz time-travel.  Rather, it’s cornetist Andy Schumm and pianist Paul Asaro improvising on BLUE RIVER in Davenport, Iowa, Bix’s home town, in July, 2009.  But wait!  There’s more!  That mildly recalcitrant cornet Andy peers at quizzically while Paul is soloing looks familiar.  Yes, it’s Bix’s horn, and the piano is the Beiderbecke family piano.  This is as close as we will get to what it might have sounded like in 1927 or 1929, I think.  Thanks to “bixchick007” for capturing this, and the Putnam Museum for being a congenial spot for such brilliance. 

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