Bunny Berigan, I Can't Get Started
Rowland Bernard “Bunny” Berigan remains one of the legends of classic jazz, a titanic trumpeter, and one of the authentically tragic figures of the music’s history. Berigan was a musician whose musical well of ideas was drawn largely from Louis Armstrong’s brimming reservoir. He was a superb technician and skilled sight-reader whose carefree command of his horn carried him easily through any contemporary challenges. But – like Bix Beiderbecke – alcohol would be his downfall. “Bunny was great”, observed Armstrong in a rare critical moment, “but he had no business dying that young!” Berigan died on June 2nd 1942 aged just 33 and consequently for some listeners the music on this CD may be entirely new. If so prepare yourself for jazz revelations and wonders.
"A very enjoyable CD, an excellent listening experience." - Leslie George Bowler
"Bunny was one of the bad boys of jazz, who lived life at full throttle, and played the same way. In the process he produced some extraordinary tours-de-force; everybody should be familiar with the title track, but listen to the less-played flip side of "The Prisoner's Song" for what Digby Fairweather in the perceptive liner note describes as his malevolently growling trumpet. This is a thoughtful compilation which draws together a variety of well and lesser-known sides from Bunny's regrettably short career. So for example, in addition to sixteen recordings made under his own name, there's one of the four sides he recorded with Frankie Trumbauer, one of Glenn Miller's 1935 recordings for Columbia, and one of the four sides Lee Wiley cut for Liberty in 1940 backed by Bunny." - Barry McCanna