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Legendary Sidney Bechet
     

Legendary Sidney Bechet

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by Sidney Bechet
 
This collection of Bechet tracks cut between 1932 and 1941 would be worth owning if for nothing else than the inclusion of his one-man-band recording of "Sheik of Araby," the first known instance of overdubbing with Sidney playing clarinet, tenor sax, piano, bass and drums. But everything on here is fine, spirited New Orleans music, played with verve and wild energy.

Overview

This collection of Bechet tracks cut between 1932 and 1941 would be worth owning if for nothing else than the inclusion of his one-man-band recording of "Sheik of Araby," the first known instance of overdubbing with Sidney playing clarinet, tenor sax, piano, bass and drums. But everything on here is fine, spirited New Orleans music, played with verve and wild energy. Kicking off with a wild version of "Maple Leaf Rag" by the New Orleans Feetwarmers, the set moves to include Bechet with Jelly Roll Morton, Tommy Ladnier (excellent versions of "Weary Blues" and Mezz Mezzrow's "Really the Blues"), Dr. Henry Levine's Barefoot Dixieland Philharmonic, and Sidney's later versions of the Feetwarmers. While some of the later configurations are too rooted in a more modern style, Bechet's brilliant lines and clear tone come through every time. With the exception of the sometimes quite naturally grainy "Sheik" overdub session, everything here is brilliantly captured with remarkable fidelity considering the source.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0078635659023
catalogNumber:
6590

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sidney Bechet   Primary Artist,Bass,Clarinet,Piano,Drums,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Earl Hines   Piano
Jelly Roll Morton   Piano,Track Performer
Albert Nicholas   Clarinet
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Zutty Singleton   Drums
Henry Levine   Track Performer
Teddy Bunn   Guitar
Wellman Braud   Bass
Tommy Ladnier   Trumpet,Track Performer
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Gus Aiken   Trumpet
Baby Dodds   Drums
Everett Barksdale   Guitar
Happy Caldwell   Tenor Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Hank Duncan   Piano
J.C. Heard   Drums
Arthur Herbert   Drums
J.C. Higginbotham   Trombone
Cliff Jackson   Piano
Manzie Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
John Lindsay   Bass
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
Wilson Myers   Bass
Mezz Mezzrow   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Nixon   Trombone
Willie "The Lion" Smith   Piano
Sonny White   Piano
Ernest Williamson   Bass
Lem Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Tolliver   Piano
Elmer James   Bass
Charlie Howard   Guitar
Morris Morland   Drums
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Henry Goodwin   Trumpet
New Orleans Feetwarmers   Track Performer
Don Donaldson   Piano
James Toliver   Piano

Technical Credits

Bob Wilber   Liner Notes
Don Redman   Composer
Tommy Ladnier   Contributor
Armand Piron   Composer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Euday L. Bowman   Composer
Happy Caldwell   Contributor
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Joe Davis   Composer
Ray Hall   Engineer
Donald Heywood   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Reissue Producer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Ria Lewerke   Art Direction
Bob Hickson   Illustrations,Cover Design
New Orleans Feetwarmers   Contributor
Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen   Contributor
Paul Denniker   Composer
Tommy Ladnier & His Orchestra   Contributor
Lou Chicha Friscoe   Composer
H. Quail Clarke   Composer

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Legendary Sidney Bechet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Duke Ellington said of Sidney Bechet ''I think he was the most unique man ever to be in this music.'' This CD contains superb work from Bechet, recorded on RCA during the 30s and 40s. The liner notes, from Bechet student Bob Wilber, are particularly interesting.