Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Excellent Bechet--Great Variety!
William F. Kerwin | Columbus, OH USA | 04/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although this series is planned in strict chronological fashion, it happens that this volume for 1940--41 includes many of Bechet's finest Victor pieces. It starts out with "Blues in Thirds," a trio with Earl Hines and Baby Dodds that represents Bechet at his absolute best, followed by three pieces where Hines, Dodds and trumpeter Rex Stewart help to make up one of the best incarnations of the "New Orleans Feetwarmers" that Bechet ever played with. The "Muskrat Ramble" band is undistinquished, but this cut is followed by three pieces in which "Red" Allen" does fine trumpet work, "Egyptian Fantasy" being particularly haunting. This CD also includes Bechet's pioneering experiments in multi-tracking: "Sheik of Araby" and "Blues of Bechet," in which he plays all the instruments himself, including piano and drums! In addition, there are six tracks in which the piano of Willie "The Lion" Smith gives propulsion and force, particularly on "I'm Coming, Virginia" and "Limehouse Blues." "The Lion" also offers distinguished accompaniment in a haunting trio version of Billie Holliday's "Strange Fruit," which is almost as good as "Blues in Thirds." Top all this off with a couple of energetic Vic Dickenson vocals on "Rip Up the Joint" and "Suey," and you have an excellent album of considerable variety. If you only buy one Bechet album, I'd advise you to buy this one."
A Good Bechet Disc.
William F. Kerwin | 08/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Um, with so many discs on the Chronological Classics, it's difficult to know which ones are good, and which ones can be passed by. To benefit jazz lovers, I want just briefly to review several of the discs. Bechet 1940 (CC 619) is quite a good disc. It features some good southern blues; and as a special feature has about half a dozen extended tracks (over 4 mins. a piece) which were achieved, I presume, by reducing the size of the label area in the center of the disc, thereby increasing the playing lenght of the old 78s. This disc is worth owning, and would also make a good gift."