Ken Burns Jazz

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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646144121
  • Catalog Number: 61441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wild Cat Blues - Blue Five (3:00)
  2. 2 Texas Moaner Blues - Blue Five (3:10)
  3. 3 Mandy, Make up Your Mind - Blue Five (3:11)
  4. 4 I'm a Little Blackbird Looking for a Bluebird - Blue Five (3:18)
  5. 5 The Basement Blues (3:18)
  6. 6 Shag - The New Orleans Feetwarmers (3:05)
  7. 7 Polka Dot Stomp (2:52)
  8. 8 Okey-Doke - Swingsters (2:55)
  9. 9 Characteristic Blues - Swingsters (2:57)
  10. 10 Dear Old Southland (3:03)
  11. 11 Blackstick - Swingsters (3:10)
  12. 12 Viper Mad - Swingsters (3:04)
  13. 13 Chant in the Night (2:24)
  14. 14 Jungle Drums (2:30)
  15. 15 Summertime (4:13)
  16. 16 Sweet Lorraine - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:19)
  17. 17 Shake It and Break It (2:54)
  18. 18 Egyptian Fantasy (3:02)
  19. 19 Blue Horizon - Blue Note All Star Jazzmen (4:29)
  20. 20 Love for Sale (5:15)
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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
The 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
Darcy Proper Mastering
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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