Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

by Sidney Bechet
     
 

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Sidney Bechet called his autobiography Treat It Gentle,but few jazz lives endured more tumult and wound up with such celebrity. The master soprano saxophonist left New Orleans for Chicago and then embarked on a decades-long odyssey: By 1919 he was in England and, within a few years, he was starring on European concert stages. He became simultaneously the greatest

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Sidney Bechet called his autobiography Treat It Gentle,but few jazz lives endured more tumult and wound up with such celebrity. The master soprano saxophonist left New Orleans for Chicago and then embarked on a decades-long odyssey: By 1919 he was in England and, within a few years, he was starring on European concert stages. He became simultaneously the greatest exponent of his instrument -- which he remained his whole life -- and the first truly international US jazz star. Bechet continued to play both here and abroad, becoming an unwitting spearhead of trad-jazz movements everywhere he went. But it wasn't until 1949, during a trip to France, that he realized where home was. His last ten years were a love affair with his adoptive country, where he is recognized today as a star of the magnitude of Chevalier and Piaf.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers and influence are explored in Burns' PBS documentary Jazz. This disc provides an enjoyable introduction to Sidney Bechet, one of the early jazz masters of Dixieland and New Orleans clarinet and soprano saxophone. The 20 tracks on Ken Burns Jazz highlight Bechet's work from 1923 through 1947 with Clarence Williams' Blue Five, Noble Sissle & His Orchestra, and the Spanier-Bechet Big Four. While Bechet's wide vibrato style didn't change much throughout the years, he maintained an excellence and inspired approach that few musicians have been able to sustain consistently, making the majority of his dates worth hearing. While it's impossible to sum up Bechet's history on a single disc, the highlights presented here should encourage the interested novice listener to seek out more material. There is nothing for aficionados on this volume of Ken Burns Jazz.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646144121
catalogNumber:
61441

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sidney Bechet   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Sarrusophone
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Art Hodes   Piano
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Erskine Butterfield   Piano
Noble Sissle   Vocals
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
Wellman Braud   Bass
Tommy Ladnier   Trumpet
Jimmy Miller   Guitar
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Louis Armstrong   Cornet
Dave Bowman   Piano
Arthur Briggs   Trumpet
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Buddy Christian   Banjo
Demas Dean   Trumpet
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Ralph Duquesne   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Arthur Herbert   Drums
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Howard Hill   Guitar
Charlie Irvis   Trombone
Cliff Jackson   Piano
Rudy Jackson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Manzie Johnson   Drums
Wilbert Kirk   Drums
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
John Mayfield   Trombone
Wilson Myers   Bass,Vocals
Teddy Nixon   Trombone
Lloyd Pinckney   Piano
O'Neill Spencer   Drums
Eva Taylor   Vocals
Henry Turner   Bass
Leonard Ware   Electric Guitar
Clarence Williams   Piano
John Williams [double bass]   Bass
Jim Tolliver   Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Morris   Cornet
George Foster   Bass
Henry Duncan   Piano
Morris Morland   Drums
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Clarence Brereton   Trumpet
Harry Brooks   Piano
Gil White   Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Boone   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
New Orleans Feetwarmers   Track Performer
Chester Burrill   Trombone
Oscar Madera   Violin
Billy Burns   Trombone
Jack Carter   Drums
Chauncey Houghton   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Blue Five   Track Performer
Jimmy Jones   Bass

Technical Credits

Noble Sissle   Composer
Sidney Bechet   Composer
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Turner Layton   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Dick Sudhalter   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Carlos Kase   Discographical Annotation
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
John Reid   Composer
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Fay Barnes   Composer
Lou Chicha Friscoe   Composer
H. Quail Clarke   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
James Toliver   Composer
J. Jordan   Composer

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