The Fabulous Sidney Bechet

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
As producer Michael Cuscuna explains in a helpful addendum, The Fabulous Sidney Bechet is a reissue of a reissue. The 1958 release combined two earlier 10" LPs recorded in New York in 1951 and 1953 during short visits by Bechet, who at that time was already living as an expatriate in France. This new package includes two previously omitted tracks, "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and "Shine," as well as three alternate takes from the 1951 session and two from the 1953 session. Bechet was in his twilight years at the time of these recordings, and still his soprano sax playing is extremely forceful, cutting through the six-piece ensembles like a beacon, loud as anything yet...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
As producer Michael Cuscuna explains in a helpful addendum, The Fabulous Sidney Bechet is a reissue of a reissue. The 1958 release combined two earlier 10" LPs recorded in New York in 1951 and 1953 during short visits by Bechet, who at that time was already living as an expatriate in France. This new package includes two previously omitted tracks, "There'll Be Some Changes Made" and "Shine," as well as three alternate takes from the 1951 session and two from the 1953 session. Bechet was in his twilight years at the time of these recordings, and still his soprano sax playing is extremely forceful, cutting through the six-piece ensembles like a beacon, loud as anything yet devoid of stridency. The music is old-school New Orleans swing, and this at a time when bebop and cool were the state of the art. At the 1951 session Bechet is joined by trumpeter Sidney de Paris, trombonist Jimmy Archey, pianist Don Kirkpatrick, bassist Pops Foster, and drummer Manzie Johnson. Archey remains for the 1953 date, with Jonah Jones on trumpet, Buddy Weed on piano, Walter Page on bass, and Johnny Blowers on drums. The later ensemble has a more modern sound, owing not least of all to the contrasting styles of the bassists. Foster plays in the older "slap" style while Page plays in the smoother "walking" style that he helped invent. In addition to the impeccable sound quality, this album has great old songs like "Ballin' the Jack," "Rose of the Rio Grande," and "Sweet Georgia Brown" to recommend it. And this isn't just a showcase for Bechet. Every soloist on the record is brilliant.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/9/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353060725
  • Catalog Number: 30607
  • Sales rank: 29,800

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sidney Bechet Primary Artist, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Sidney DeParis Trumpet
Jonah Jones Trumpet
Buddy Weed Piano
Walter Page Bass
Jimmy Archey Trombone
Johnny Blowers Drums
Pops Foster Bass
Manzie Johnson Drums
Don Kirkpatrick Piano
George Foster Bass
Technical Credits
Russ Morgan Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Liner Notes
Doug Hawkins Engineer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Alfred Lion Producer
Patrick Roques Reissue Design
Ray Gilbert Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Seymour Simons Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Ford Dabney Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Charles R. McCarron Composer
Arthur Swanstrom Composer
Phil Baxter Composer
James Henry Burris Composer
Chris Smith Composer
W. Benton Overstreet Composer
Billy Higgins Composer
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