[Dixielandjazz] Bix as video theme

David W. Littlefield dwlit at cpcug.org
Tue Apr 1 08:55:36 PST 2003

>From another mailing list.
"Last month I reviewed some videos from a new company named Goldhil. While 
perusing their website I unearthed a video titled The Beiderbecke Affair. 
Further investigation revealed that this was the title of a television 
mini-series produced in England in 1985 by the commercial Yorkshire 
Television network. It achieved the same kind of cult TV status that The 
Prisoner and Dr. No had in the US. After watching the first 15 minutes of 
the 6-episode box set I was hooked. And so will you if collect records 
(especially early jazz) and love a dry sense of gentle humor and clever 
writing. It all starts very normal when a woodshop teacher/jazz record 
collector orders a set of Bix Beiderbecke Lps from a gorgeous blonde selling 
things door-to-door. When the package turns out to be something completely 
different, he and his girlfriend set out on a fascinating and loopy mystery 
hunt. He wants his Bix records and youll appreciate his enthusiasm for his 
large record collection.  The soundtrack is loaded with a tuneful jazz score 
with Kenny Baker playing cornet solos in the style of Bix. Sure, the plot 
moves far away from the records themselves but, its because of this 
connection, the superb scripts by Alan Plater, and the acting by the superb 
though little-known cast that makes this video set an undiscovered 
gem. (Note: There were two sequels to the series: The Beiderbecke Tapes and 
The Beiderbecke Connection, though only Affair and Connection are available 
on video in the US). (www.goldhil.com)"

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