“I'm Coming Virginia” is a composition by Will Marion Cook and Donald Heywood.
It was recorded by Frank Trumbauer’s orchestra on May 13, 1927. Here are some record labels:
Parlophone (pianist incorrectly identified)
The record is among Bix’s most famous ones. Therefore, it is surprising that there is a bit of conflicting discographical data. The Trumbauer group was a band within the Goldkette band and most of the musicians are identified with a great deal of certitude:
Bix Beidebecke on cornet
Bill Rank on trombone
Frank Trumbauer on C-melody saxophone
Irving Riskin on piano
Eddie Lang on guitar
Chauncey Morehouse on drums
The arrangement is by Riskin.
The uncertainty lies on the identity (and instrument) of additional reed men .
Here is what discographies tell us:
Delaunay - Don Murray, clarinet; Doc Ryker, saxophone.
Sudhalter and Evans - Don Murray, clarinet, baritone saxophone; Doc Ryker, alto saxophone.
Rust- Don Murray, clarinet; baritone saxophone; Doc Ryker, alto saxophone;.
Evans and Evans - Don Murray, clarinet, baritone saxophone; Doc Ryker, alto saxophone
Evans and Kiner – Jimmy.Dorsey, clarinet, alto saxophone; Doc Ryker, alto saxophone.
Castelli, Kaleveld and Pulsateri – Don Murray, clarinet; Red Ingle, saxophone.
Lion - Don Murray, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Doc Ryker, alto saxophone.
Mosaic booklet - Don Murray, clarinet, tenor saxophone; Doc Ryker, alto saxophone.
Jimmy Dorsey and Red Ingle are aberrations. So I go with Tram, Murray and Ryker.
Finally my question. Listen to the introduction.
Is that a trio of C-mel, alto and tenor? I think so, but please confirm. And I think I hear a clarinet at 2;48. Right?
Definitely, clarinet notes around 2:48.
Several years ago, a Bixography poster noted the saxophone octave break point, as key to discerning which type of sax is heard, when it's in question... C-mel vs tenor especially. That poster suggested also that among some of Tram's recorded playing, usually attributed C-mel, the instrument sometimes heard is alto instead.