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Album Review

This budget disc collects ten late-period Bechet sides from what sounds like a variety of sources. There are no recording dates or personnel listings to give us a clue as to the where, when, or who of these tracks, but the recording quality and the instrumental stylings of the backing units (some of which are a little too modern for Bechet) place all of these as later pieces. All ten songs are blues, played in major and minor keys — and quite ornately, too. Bechet is in his usual top form, playing with a vibrancy that leaves some of the big bands backing him in the dust. Not the most essential Sidney, but certainly another chunk of his genius.


Born: 14 May 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 player that trumpeters found it very difficult to play with...
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