Each month our panel of experts picks a different National Jukebox selection to highlight. This month’s selection:
"Mystery! - medley fox trot," Performed by Paul Biese and his Novelty Orchestra, recorded Dec. 16, 1919.
Here is a vigorous outing by Paul Biese, who demonstrates his saxophonistic endurance by playing throughout this entire recording! As were many dance records of the day, this one is a medley of two tunes, designed to give the music publisher a bit more exposure, similar to way sheet music of the period contained snippets of other available songs. “Mystery!” is built around a familiar-sounding minor vamp. The other tune, “Freckles,” is given one chorus of space.