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This CD features a cross-section of soprano-great Bechet's '50s European recordings. A national hero in France during this time, although relatively unknown to the general public in the U.S., Bechet really dominates this set. The music ranges from his 1949 hit "Les Oignons," an early version of "Petite Fleur" and a passionate "Summertime" to romping jams on "Royal Garden Blues" and "When the Saints Go Marchin' In." A fine introduction to late-period Bechet, one of the true giants of jazz history.


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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