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1923-1925 presents Sidney Bechet at his earliest, and these are historically important recordings made by one of the giants of jazz. Even on his earliest tracks such as "Wild Cat Blues" and "Blind Man Blues," Bechet's style is already mature and distinctive, and these sessions laid the bedrock for the artist's performing career for the decades following. Despite the excellent remastering on this release, fidelity is still rather poor, although the brilliance of Bechet's playing, like Armstrong's (who joins Bechet on nine of the tracks here), transcends these technical limitations. A wonderful release, both historically important and a wonderful listening experience.


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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