Weary Blues

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1996
  • Label: A Jazz Hour With
  • EAN: 8712177009312
  • Catalog Number: 73553
  • Sales rank: 153,308

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
Al 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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