A new set of postings: numbers that Bix recorded played by other bands, I will do this in chronological order and will play first Bix's recording and, then, when possible a particularly interesting version.
Numbers that Bix recorded played by other bands. I. Fidgety Feet.
When the Wolverines with Bix went to the Gennett recording studios in 1924, they recorded several ODJB originals, probably the first examples of “repertory jazz.” “Fidgety Feet” was the first ODJB original recorded by the Wolverines. It was composed by Larry Shields and Nick LaRocca and recorded by the ODJB on June 25, 1918. The Wolverines recorded the number on Feb 18, 1924. This was the Wolverines first recording session and Bix's first recording ever..Here is the Wolverines recording:
The other recording of “Fidgety Feet” I am featuring here is by the Mayfair Dance Orchestra, one of HMV's house bands at this time. It comes to you courtesy of Norman Field. Recorded in Hayes, Middlesex on October 16, 1919. The arrangement (sounds like ragtime, no?) is by the flutist on this record, W E Gordon-Walker.
The annotation suggests that 12" records were more common at that time, to accommodate a longer time for each dance. I've never heard this suggested before. Did the ODJB ever record 12" disks at any other time?
A fine professional orchestra...with no sense of 'jazz' at all. It is an interesting vein of music: jazz-naive players attempting to play 'hot.' But, as observed in the notes, this is more a regression of the ODJB tune into the more familiar territory of ragtime. I suspect the Mayfair Orch. players all had considerable experience with rags.