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CABU Jazz Masters: Une anthologie 1923-1950

Sidney Bechet

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Sidney Bechet was one of the very first recorded jazz saxophonists. He pioneered the use of the soprano sax in jazz, and has since been closely associated with that instrument. Yet it was as a clarinetist that young Bechet learned to express himself, and he would use the "blackstick" interchangeably with the soprano throughout much of his career. Bechet's relationship with the clarinet was inextricably intertwined with his own development as a man and as a musician. It was a clarinet that accompanied him on his first forays outside of New Orleans; it was a clarinet that he toted while hopping a freight train and played for a brakeman and several other railway employees inside of a westbound caboose; and it was on that same clarinet that he played the blues in the middle of the night inside of the crowded lockup of a jail in Galveston. In 2008 C&B Media released "Blackstick," a 42-track double-disc Bechet anthology covering a 27-year timeline from August 1923 to October 1950. While the soprano may crop up here and there, the emphasis is solidly upon Bechet's masterful handling of the clarinet. He is heard with the Clarence Williams Blue Five and Noble Sissle's Swingsters; with trumpeters Tommy Ladnier, Louis Armstrong, Frankie Newton, and Bunk Johnson; cornetists Muggsy Spanier and Rex Stewart; clarinetists Albert Nicholas, Mezz Mezzrow, and Claude Luter; pianists Art Hodes and Earl Hines, and snappy vocalist Trixie Smith who delivered one of her most sanguine performances in "Jack I'm Mellow." Decorated with one of Cabu's very best caricatures, this outstanding two-fer belongs in everyone's personal stash of authentic New Orleans jazz., Rovi


Born: May 14, 1897 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s

Sidney Bechet was the first important jazz soloist on records in history (beating Louis Armstrong by a few months). A brilliant soprano saxophonist and clarinetist with a wide vibrato that listeners either loved or hated, Bechet's style did not evolve much through the years but he never lost his enthusiasm or creativity. A master at both individual and collective improvisation within the genre of New Orleans jazz, Bechet was such a dominant...
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