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SIDNEY BECHET - Pre-War Classic Sides - 4 CD Set

SIDNEY BECHET - Pre-War Classic Sides - 4 CD Set
CD / Product Number: JSP933

Sidney Bechet was the first important jazz soloist on record in history (beating Louis Armstrong by a few months). He was a brilliant soprano saxophonist and clarinetist with a wide vibrato. A master at both individual and collective improvisation within the genre of New Orleans jazz, Bechet was such a dominant player that trumpeters found it very difficult to play with him. He wanted to play lead and it was up to the other horns to stay out of his way. This 97 track set, mastered by award-winning engineer Ted Kendall, presents the best of the early Bechet in numerous different settings: with his friend Tommy Ladnier as The New Orleans Feetwarmers, as a member of the Noble Sissle band, accompanying singers such as Lena Horne, Trixie Smith, Josh White and Grant and Wilson, and with other great names such as Charlie Shavers, Jelly Roll Morton, Meade Lux Lewis and Muggsy Spanier. One batch of tracks, recorded with Willie 'The Lion' Smith, is notorious for generally only be available in highly degraded condition. Here, Kendall has located rare examples where the damage is mimimal, allowing clear critical analysis for the first time in decades.


Disc 1

1. Got The Bench Got The Park
2. In A Cafe On The Road To Calais
3. Loveless Love
4. Basement Blues
5. Wha'd Ya Do To Me
6. Roll On Mississippi Roll On
7. Sweetie Dear
8. I Want You Tonight
9. I've Found A New Baby
10. Lay Your Racket
11. Maple Leaf Rag
12. Shag
13. Under The Creole Moon
14. Old Ark Is Moverin'
15. Loveless Love
16. Polka Dot Rag
17. That's What Love Did To Me
18. You Can't Live In Harlem
19. I Wonder Who Made Rhythm
20. 'Tain't A Fit Night Out For Man Or Beast
21. I Take To You
22. Rhythm Of The Broadway Moon
23. Bandanna Days
24. I'm Just Wild About Harry
25. Dear Old Southland
26. Okey Doke

Disc 2

1. Characteristic Blues
2. Viper Mad
3. Blackstick
4. When The Sun Sets Down South
5. Sweet Patootie
6. Freight Train Blues
7. Trixie Blues
8. My Daddy Rocks Me
9. My Daddy Rocks Me
10. He May Be Your Man But He Comes To Me Sometimes
11. Jack I'm Mellow
12. Uncle Joe
13. I Am A Woman
14. Toot It Brother Armstrong
15. Blue Monday On Sugar Hill
16. My Unusual Man
17. What A Dream
18. Hold Tight
19. Jungle Drums
20. Chant In The Night
21. Ja Da
22. Really The Blues
23. When You And I Were Young Maggie
24. Weary Blues
25. Summertime

Disc 3

1. Blues For Tommy
2. Pounding Heart Blues
3. Magic Islands
4. Mayotte
5. Rosa Rhumba
6. Sous Les Palmiers
7. Colonel Bogey
8. Diane
9. Nana
10. De Nous Meme
11. Titte Chatte
12. La Belle Germaine
13. Ti Ralph
14. Meringue D'Amour
15. Danses De Chez Nous
16. Oh Didn't He Ramble
17. High Society
18. I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
19. Winin' Boy Blues
20. Indian Summer
21. One O'Clock Jump
22. Preachin' Blues
23. Sidney's Blues
24. Careless Love
25. Milk Cow Blues

Disc 4

1. Lonesome Blues
2. Dear Old Southland
3. Bechet's Steady Rider
4. Saturday Night Blues
5. Four Or Five Times
6. Sweet Lorraine
7. Lazy River
8. China Boy
9. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
10. That's A Plenty
11. Squeeze Me
12. Sweet Sue
13. Perdido Street Blues
14. 2 19 Blues
15. Down In Honky Tonk Town
16. Coal Cart Blues
17. Shake It And Break It
18. Old Man Blues
19. Wild Man Blues
20. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel 'Dis Mornin'
21. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor