I Can't Get Started
Bunny Berigan (tp), Benny Goodman (cl), Georgie Auld, Bud Freeman (ts), Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Ray Conniff (tb), Fats Waller (p), Buddy Rich (d)
One of the many talented jazzmen who died before his time, trumpeter Bunny Berigan was adored by his public and highly respected by his fellow musicians. Louis Armstrong even refused to record I Cant Get Started because in his words, it belongs to my boy Bunny Berigan.
Born Rowland Bernard Berigan in Hilbert, Wisconsin on November 2, 1908, Bunny came from a musical family and his grandfather was well-known as a bandleader outside of his home state. Berigan learned to play the violin as a child but later felt more attracted to the trumpet and began taking lessons. He moved to New York in 1928, where he began playing dance music with Hal Kemp (with whom he toured Europe). He also worked for Paul Whiteman, who had been the boss of the also short-lived trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. Although Bunny became relatively popular during the Swing Era, his virtuosity and influence were considerably reduced by a losing battle with alcoholism that ended in his early death.
The title of his greatest hit, I Cant Get Started, almost seems an irony when taking his life into account, for he was at the edge of fame on several occasions but was never able to solidly establish himself.
This compilation reunites some of Bunny Berigans best recordings (1937-1939) including his celebrated rendition of Marie with Tommy Dorsey and a spectacular version of his hit song I Cant Get Started (composed by Vernon Duke with lyrics by George Gershwins brother Ira), on which Bunny also sings.
01. I CANT GET STARTED (4:48)
02. THE PRISONERS SONG (4:13)
03. HONEYSUCKLE ROSE (3:06)
04. BLUES (2:59)
05. SONG OF INDIA (3:07)
06. MARIE (3:18)
07. LIEBESTRAUM (3:29)
08. MENDELSSOHNS SPRING SONG (2:35)
09. BLUE LOU (3:20)
10. TREES (3:20)
11. RUSSIAN LULLABY (3:05)
12. CANT HELP LOVIN DAT MAN (2:36)
13. PIANO TUNER MAN (3:32)
14. HEIGH-HO (THE DWARFS MARCHING SONG) (2:45)
15. A SERENADE TO THE STARS (3:12)
16. OUTSIDE OF PARADISE (2:57)
17. CANDLELIGHTS (3:10)
18. IN THE DARK (2:43)
19. WALKIN THE DOG (3:04)
20. JAZZ ME BLUES (3:14)
21. THERELL BE SOME CHANGES MADE (3:02)
22. PEGGY O MY HEART (2:53)
23. AINT SHE SWEET (2:37)
Total time: 73:16 min.
All tracks recorded in New York, 1937-1939.
Bunny Berigan is heard with many other jazz stars in a variety of settings ranging from a quintet to big bands including : Benny Goodman, Georgie Auld, Fats Waller, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Ray Conniff, Bud Freeman, Buddy Rich, among others.
"I thought Bunny was one of the finest trumpet players in the world."
"Among my favourite trumpet players, first I'll name my boy Bunny Berigan. To me Bunny can't do no wrong in music."
-Louis Armstrong (Down Beat, 1941)