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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Covering the years 1931-1940 and packed with informative liner notes as well as a detailed discography, this four-CD chronological tribute to New Orleans master clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet places his essential work in context within a remarkably diverse weave of collaborations with some of the best jazz musicians active in the decade preceding the Second World War. Bechet's recording career may be delineated into four periods; his primal sessions with Louis Armstrong and Clarence Williams 1923-1925; his variegated career as leader and sideman during the '30s; his pivotal role at the heart of the New Orleans Revival during the '40s, and his triumphant...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Covering the years 1931-1940 and packed with informative liner notes as well as a detailed discography, this four-CD chronological tribute to New Orleans master clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet places his essential work in context within a remarkably diverse weave of collaborations with some of the best jazz musicians active in the decade preceding the Second World War. Bechet's recording career may be delineated into four periods; his primal sessions with Louis Armstrong and Clarence Williams 1923-1925; his variegated career as leader and sideman during the '30s; his pivotal role at the heart of the New Orleans Revival during the '40s, and his triumphant domination of the traditional jazz scene in Paris during the '50s. Bechet's second period -- carefully documented on this compilation -- contains without a doubt the most stylistically varied recordings in his entire oeuvre. Forget what uptight critics and historians say about Sidney Bechet's personality, behavior, or choice of material. Let the music be your guide. Each and every one of these 97 tracks is a precious piece of the panoramic mosaic called jazz. Sidney Bechet struggled through the '30s along with millions of other good folks. Despite his groundbreaking work as one of the primary innovators in early jazz, Bechet really had to scuffle during the Great Depression; when musical work became scarce he opened and operated the Southern Tailor Shop in partnership with trumpeter Tommy Ladnier at St. Nicholas Avenue and West 128th Street in Harlem, U.S.A. Bechet maintained a pot of gumbo in the back room, where impromptu jam sessions were also held. Ladnier and Bechet are heard together in the first half-dozen of 26 recordings issued under the name of Eubie Blake's vaudeville partner Noble Sissle, with lots of vocals by the leader himself as well as Billy Banks, Lavaida Carter, drummer O'Neill Spencer and 18-year-old Lena Horne. The Sissle sides represent most of Bechet's recording activity between the years 1931 and 1938. Bechet's New Orleans Feetwarmers made their first records as a unit on September 15, 1932. These amazing performances, particularly the riotous "Maple Leaf Rag" and "Shag," are definitive examples of authentic jazz sprouted directly from the taproot of the tradition. In 1938 Bechet's bands backed blues singer Trixie Smith and the vaudeville team of Leola "Coot" Grant and Wesley "Kid" or "Sox" Wilson. 1938 is also important for a fine date involving baritone saxophonist Ernie Caceres and a Mezz Mezzrow-infused session conducted under Tommy Ladnier's nominal leadership. Sadly, Ladnier was already seriously ill; he succumbed to arteriosclerosis on June 4, 1939. Four days later, with a heartfelt "Blues for Tommy" and a gut-wrenching version of "Summertime," Sidney Bechet participated as both a leader and a member of the Port of Harlem Seven in what is now considered to have been the inauguration of the Blue Note record label. He also collaborated with pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith in the making of 13 wonderful West Indian-styled recordings issued as by "The Haitian Orchestra," and sat in with Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen. 1940 was a glorious year for Bechet; he collaborated with folk/blues vocalist Josh White, made excellent records with Muggsy Spanier, stood his ground during a reunion session with Louis Armstrong, and presided over several more superb editions of the Feetwarmers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065903329
  • Catalog Number: 933
  • Sales rank: 122,220

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Got the Bench, Got the Park - Noble Sissle (3:15)
  2. 2 In a Café on the Road to Calais - Noble Sissle (2:51)
  3. 3 Loveless Love - Noble Sissle (3:20)
  4. 4 Basement Blues - Noble Sissle (3:20)
  5. 5 Wha'd Ya Do to Me - Noble Sissle (3:04)
  6. 6 Roll on, Mississippi, Roll On - Noble Sissle (3:06)
  7. 7 Sweetie Dear (2:53)
  8. 8 I Want You Tonight (3:09)
  9. 9 I've Found a New Baby (3:13)
  10. 10 Lay Your Racket (3:17)
  11. 11 Maple Leaf Rag (2:58)
  12. 12 Shag (3:08)
  13. 13 Under the Creole Moon - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (3:22)
  14. 14 The Old Ark Is Moverin' - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (3:05)
  15. 15 Loveless Love - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (3:00)
  16. 16 Polka Dot Rag - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:54)
  17. 17 That's What Love Did to Me - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (3:07)
  18. 18 You Can't Live in Harlem - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:26)
  19. 19 I Wonder Who Made Rhythm - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (3:14)
  20. 20 'Tain't a Fit Night out for Man or Beast - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:35)
  21. 21 I Take to You - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:46)
  22. 22 Rhythm of the Broadway Moon - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:54)
  23. 23 Bandanna Days - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:55)
  24. 24 I'm Just Wild About Harry - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (2:53)
  25. 25 Dear Old Southland - Noble Sissle & His Orchestra (3:03)
  26. 26 Okey-Doke (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Characteristic Blues (3:03)
  2. 2 Viper Mad (3:07)
  3. 3 Blackstick (2:50)
  4. 4 When the Sun Sets Down South (3:13)
  5. 5 Sweet Patootie (3:21)
  6. 6 Freight Train Blues (3:24)
  7. 7 Trixie Blues (3:18)
  8. 8 My Daddy Rocks Me, Pt. 1 (3:00)
  9. 9 My Daddy Rocks Me, Pt. 2 (2:59)
  10. 10 He May Be Your Man, But He Comes to Me Sometimes (2:50)
  11. 11 Jack, I'm Mellow (2:49)
  12. 12 Uncle Joe (2:40)
  13. 13 I Am a Woman (2:51)
  14. 14 Toot It, Brother Armstrong (3:19)
  15. 15 Blue Monday on Sugar Hill (2:19)
  16. 16 My Unusual Man (2:50)
  17. 17 What a Dream (2:56)
  18. 18 Hold Tight (2:40)
  19. 19 Jungle Drums (2:31)
  20. 20 Chant in the Night (2:27)
  21. 21 Ja Da (2:57)
  22. 22 Really the Blues (3:40)
  23. 23 When You and I Were Young, Maggie (2:46)
  24. 24 Weary Blues (3:02)
  25. 25 Summertime (4:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Blues for Tommy - Port of Harlem Jazzmen (4:28)
  2. 2 Pounding Heart Blues - Port of Harlem Jazzmen (4:03)
  3. 3 Magic Islands - Haitian Orchestra (2:42)
  4. 4 Mayotte - Haitian Orchestra (2:42)
  5. 5 Rosa Rhumba - Haitian Orchestra (2:32)
  6. 6 Sous Les Palmiers - Haitian Orchestra (2:40)
  7. 7 Colonel Bogey - Haitian Orchestra (2:40)
  8. 8 Diane - Haitian Orchestra (3:05)
  9. 9 Nana - Haitian Orchestra (2:40)
  10. 10 De Nous Meme - Haitian Orchestra (2:32)
  11. 11 Titte Chatte - Haitian Orchestra (2:28)
  12. 12 La Belle Germaine - Haitian Orchestra (2:50)
  13. 13 Ti Ralph - Haitian Orchestra (2:20)
  14. 14 Meringue d'Amour - Haitian Orchestra (2:57)
  15. 15 Danses de Chez Nous - Haitian Orchestra (2:49)
  16. 16 Oh, Didn't He Ramble - Jelly Roll Morton (3:14)
  17. 17 High Society - Jelly Roll Morton's Kings of Jazz (2:50)
  18. 18 I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say - Jelly Roll Morton (3:15)
  19. 19 Winin' Boy Blues - Jelly Roll Morton (3:11)
  20. 20 Indian Summer (3:08)
  21. 21 One O'Clock Jump (2:30)
  22. 22 Preachin' Blues (3:08)
  23. 23 Sidney's Blues (2:55)
  24. 24 Careless Love - Josh White (3:46)
  25. 25 Milk Cow Blues - Josh White (4:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lonesome Blues (4:10)
  2. 2 Dear Old Southland (4:06)
  3. 3 Bechet's Steady Rider (2:58)
  4. 4 Saturday Night Blues (3:02)
  5. 5 Four or Five Times - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:06)
  6. 6 Sweet Lorraine - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:25)
  7. 7 Lazy River - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:16)
  8. 8 China Boy - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (3:55)
  9. 9 If I Could Be with You One Hour Tonight - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:06)
  10. 10 That's a Plenty - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:13)
  11. 11 Squeeze Me - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (3:56)
  12. 12 Sweet Sue - Bechet-Spanier Big Four (4:09)
  13. 13 Perdido Street Blues (3:06)
  14. 14 2.19 Blues (2:53)
  15. 15 Down in Honky Tonk Town (3:06)
  16. 16 Coal Cart Blues (2:58)
  17. 17 Shake It and Break It (2:56)
  18. 18 Old Man Blues (2:50)
  19. 19 Wild Man Blues (3:21)
  20. 20 Nobody Knows the Way I Feel 'Dis Mornin' (3:30)
  21. 21 Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sidney Bechet Primary Artist, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
Josh White Guitar, Vocals
Sidney DeParis Trumpet
Lena Horne Vocals
Jelly Roll Morton Piano, Vocals
Albert Nicholas Clarinet
Muggsy Spanier Cornet
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Luis Russell Piano
Frankie Newton Trumpet
Zutty Singleton Drums
Erskine Butterfield Piano
Noble Sissle Vocals
Teddy Bunn Guitar
Wellman Braud Bass, String Bass
Tommy Ladnier Trumpet
Jimmy Miller Guitar
Bernard Addison Guitar
Louis Armstrong Trumpet, Vocals
Billy Banks Vocals
Dave Bowman Piano
Ernie Caceres Baritone Saxophone
Happy Caldwell Tenor Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Demas Dean Trumpet
Pops Foster String Bass
Richard "Dick" Fullbright String Bass
Howard Hill Guitar
Rudy Jackson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Manzie Johnson Drums
Claude Jones Trombone, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Wilbert Kirk Drums
Meade "Lux" Lewis Piano
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Carmen Mastren Guitar
Bill Maxey Vocals
Wilson Myers Bass, Vocals, String Bass
Mezz Mezzrow Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Nixon Trombone
Jerome Pasquall Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Pinckney Piano
Kenneth Roane Trumpet
Willie "The Lion" Smith Piano
O'Neill Spencer Drums, Vocals
Henry Turner String Bass
Ramón "Moncho" Usera Clarinet, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Leonard Ware Electric Guitar
Sonny White Piano
John Williams [double bass] String Bass
Jim Tolliver Tenor Saxophone
Elmer James Bass
Henry Duncan Piano
Charlie Howard Electric Guitar
Morris Morland Drums
Sandy Williams Trombone
Trixie Smith Vocals
Clarence Brereton Trumpet
Harry Brooks Piano
Sam Price Piano
Gil White Tenor Saxophone
Harvey Boone Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Frank Etheridge Banjo
Chester Burrill Trombone
Oscar Madera Violin
Coot Grant Vocals
Billy Burns Trombone
Jack Carter Drums
Chauncey Houghton Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Williams Jr. String Bass
Lavaida Carter Vocals
Olin Aderhold String Bass
Jimmy Jones Jr. String Bass
Cliff Jackson & His Crazy Cats Piano
Kid Wilson Vocals
Leo Warney Drums
Jimmy Jones String Bass, 12-string Bass Guitar
Edward Coles String Bass
Ralph Duquense Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Edward Coles Brass
Billy Burns Trombone
Frank Ethridge Banjo
Technical Credits
Jelly Roll Morton Arranger
Noble Sissle Director
Harry Brooks Arranger
Ted Kendall Liner Notes, Remastering
Drew Kent Liner Notes
Edward Coles Brass Band
Two Fishmongers Duet
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