Paul Whiteman Orchestra with Bix - "My Ohio Home" 1928 UNIQUE SYNCHRONISED VERSION





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Uploaded on Feb 22, 2009

Newsreel clip from May 1928, describing how Paul Whiteman enters into a new recording contract with Columbia Records. On the stroke of twelve, Paul tears up his old contract with Victor. The band plays "My Ohio Home" which wasn't issued on record. Although Paul gives a synchronisation time cue by clapping his hand, previous versions of this film excerpt have always been out of sync after the cue. We have now made a perfect match of sound and picture, and zoomed in on Bix Beiderbecke when he stands up and plays in the brass ensemble passage. It turns out that Bix' embouchure was as unorthodox as his valve technique and that he played with puffed cheeks - something which was not known before the discovery of this footage. Although it has been claimed that Bix misses notes and/or plays some notes without puffed cheeks, it is now clear that in fact he is written into the score for only a few notes of the passage and that he deliberately skips notes. Every note he does play is with puffed cheeks. Also, in spite of contrary assertions, detailed research seems to indicate that Bix possibly plays a Holton Clarke cornet here, rather than the Bach Stradivarius or a Conn Victor. That would stand to reason - the Holton Company had just presented new instruments to the entire Whiteman brass section. It seems that, in spite of his expensive purchase, Bix may not have liked the Bach because so far no photos are known of Bix actually playing or even holding it. Even today, Bix' Bach cornet is virtually unworn although a number of people have played it on occasion. There is a lively discussion going on about which horn Bix plays here - but it seems to be evident that it is not the Bach, which has a lateral stay between the lead-pipe and the bell, while this horn has a diagonal stay. For some reason everybody seems to miss this point, even in the latest analysis by several (self-proclaimed) experts. However, this proves that the horn is NOT Bix Beiderbecke's Bach Stradivarius which is now in the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
ADDENDUM - Further research has revealed that the horn is neither a Bach nor a Holton.

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