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Fabulous Sidney Bechet
Sidney Bechet
Fabulous Sidney Bechet
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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Sidney Bechet settled permanently in France in 1949, making only occasional trips back to the United States to record and tour. This CD pairs two Blue Note sessions led by the pioneer soprano saxophonist during those visit...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sidney Bechet
Title: Fabulous Sidney Bechet
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1/9/2001
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: New Orleans Jazz, Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Dixieland
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724353060725, 0724353060756, 724353060756

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Sidney Bechet settled permanently in France in 1949, making only occasional trips back to the United States to record and tour. This CD pairs two Blue Note sessions led by the pioneer soprano saxophonist during those visits, including his last American studio recordings. Though both bands feature Bechet in the classic frontline of New Orleans and Chicago jazz with trumpet and trombone, each group gets a distinct character from one of the great bassists of early jazz. The first nine tracks, from 1951, present Bechet in the midst of dedicated New Orleans traditionalists. Trumpeter Sidney de Paris provides sterling leads and Pops Foster's slap bass is literally popping, creating a mood that's both stately and joyous. Trombonist Jimmy Archey, a veteran of the Kid Ory band, is the one holdover on eight tracks from a 1953 session, which is a relative update on the form. Trumpeter Jonah Jones adds fluid swing and pianist Buddy Weed some near-boppish harmonies, but it's Walter Page, creator of the "walking bass" style, who really drives the band with a different kind of force on tunes like "Sweet Georgia Brown." Whatever the setting, Bechet is a marvel, his broad sound at once sparkling and mellow. Whether he's exploring the deep blues of "Naughty Sweetie" and "Black and Blue," or playing with puckish wit and ebullient spirit on "Ballin' the Jack" and "Deep Dong Daddy," Bechet is one of the defining instrumental voices of jazz, delighting in musical surroundings that are at once congenial and inspiring. --Stuart Broomer

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Surprising - a broad spectrum of "dixieland" styles
Earl | Boulder CO | 02/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although this disk could be referred to as "dixieland" it strikes me as having a wide spectrum of different approaches that musical style. Although I like dixieland music, I generally get bored after 2 of 3 cuts because I find that the music played by any one group is often stylistically repetitious. I was really surprised by this disk because there were so many different approaches to the music. Each time a new cut would start I found myself paying close attention to what they were doing. It never became boring background music."
MILESTONE IN TRADITIONAL JAZZ
alignrite | HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. United States | 09/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording is truly a milestone Traditional Jazz recording. No, this is a milestone Jazz recording ! I can't urge you enough to buy this recording !! This is really special. You will be in tears after hearing and think you might not have not made this purchase. DO IT !!!!!!!"
Speedy delivery of a wonderful CD
Yu K. W. Margaret | Hong Kong | 06/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Got the CD in Hong Kong within a matter of few days after my order was confirmed. Great and speedy service of a wonderful purchase."