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Weary Blues
     

Weary Blues

by Sidney Bechet
 
Released in 1996, Jazz Hour's Weary Blues is a sampler of classic Sidney Bechet performances containing 20 recordings made for the Decca, Vocalion, Bluebird, and Blue Note labels between February 10, 1938 and June 4, 1940. Bechet is heard wielding clarinet and soprano sax with Noble Sissle's Swingsters,

Overview

Released in 1996, Jazz Hour's Weary Blues is a sampler of classic Sidney Bechet performances containing 20 recordings made for the Decca, Vocalion, Bluebird, and Blue Note labels between February 10, 1938 and June 4, 1940. Bechet is heard wielding clarinet and soprano sax with Noble Sissle's Swingsters, Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen, with bands led by trumpeters Tommy Ladnier and Louis Armstrong, and as leader of his own powerfully driven ensembles including the famous New Orleans Feetwarmers. Highlights include Ernie Caceres' baritone saxophone (tracks five through eight), Wilson Myers' slithering bowed bass behind Bechet's vocal on "Sidney's Blues," Kenny Clarke's inspired drumming on the "One O'Clock Jump," the grand chemistry of Ladnier, Bechet, and Mezz Mezzrow on "^Weary Blues," and "Really the Blues," and Bechet's almost frightening cathartic intensity on the June 8, 1939 realization of "Summertime," which was in effect a grieving ritual for Ladnier who had passed away just four days earlier at the age of 39. Altogether an excellent taste of Bechet at his best; for expanded access to similar territory try JSP's four-CD set titled Pre-War Classic Sides, released in 2007.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1996
Label:
A Jazz Hour With
UPC:
8712177009312
catalogNumber:
73553
Rank:
260171

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sidney Bechet   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet
Luis Russell   Piano
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
Wellman Braud   Bass
Tommy Ladnier   Trumpet
Jimmy Miller   Guitar
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet
Dave Bowman   Piano
Ernie Caceres   Baritone Saxophone
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Pops Foster   Bass
Cliff Jackson   Piano
Manzie Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Meade "Lux" Lewis   Piano
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Mezz Mezzrow   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Henry Turner   Bass
Leonard Ware   Guitar
Elmer James   Bass
Charlie Howard   Guitar
Clarence Brereton   Trumpet
Harry Brooks   Piano
Gil White   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Lucille Bogan   Composer
Victor Herbert   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Texas Alexander   Composer
Sidney Bechet   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Leonard Ware   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Eric Wondergem   Cover Design
Walter Melrose   Composer
Willie Spottswood   Composer
Porter Steele   Composer
Jerry Brandow   Composer
Lou Chicha Friscoe   Composer
H. Quail Clarke   Composer
Lenny Kent   Composer
Edward Robinson   Composer

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