THE GREATEST HITS OF THE FIRST SOPRANO SAX GENIUS !!
SELECTED AS ONE OF THE 100 BEST JAZZ ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
Revered in France during the last decade of his life, Sidney Bechet was one of the seminal forces in the roots of New Orleans jazz and the first musician to give the soprano sax a voice in jazz. However, fame and recognition didn’t come early in his career. This was partly due to Bechet’s own mercurial temperament which, for instance, led to his incarceration in Paris in the late M1920s, after accidentally injuring a French woman with his gun during a dispute with another musician. Born on May 14, 1897 in New Orleans, he was one of the first renowned jazz soloists to make records (just a few months prior to Louis Armstrong, with whom he played and recorded a lot in the early twenties). He learned many instruments during his childhood, as shown on his 1941 “One Man Band” recordings, in which by means of overdubbing he is heard playing all the instruments in the group (Bill Evans would use this technique many years later on his album Conversations with Myself).
This collection compiles some of Sidney Bechet’s best works, including numerous collaborations with other jazz stars like Earl Hines, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Rex Stewart or Charlie Shavers, the two original “One Man Band” titles, and a poignant live version of his classic composition “Petite Fleur” recorded at the celebrated Salle Pleyel in Paris, his adoptive home.
Tommy Ladnier, Sidney de Paris, Rex Stewart, Henry “Red” Allen, Charlie Shavers (tp),
Mezz Mezzrow (cl),
Willie “The Lion” Smith, Earl Hines, Jelly Roll Morton (p),
Everett Barksdale (g),
Wellman Braud (b),
Kenny Clarke, Sidney Catlett (d), among others.
SIDNEY BECHET, soprano sax, clarinet, on all tracks.
Recorded in New York & Chicago, 1932-1941 and Live at Salle Pleyel,
Paris, France, January 31, 1952 (track 26).
INCLUDES 12-PAGE BOOKLET
01 MAPLE LEAF RAG 2:58
02 I’VE FOUND A NEW BABY 3:14
03 WEARY BLUES 3:01
04 REALLY THE BLUES 3:39
05 HIGH SOCIETY 2:49
06 INDIAN SUMMER 3:09
07 SIDNEY’S BLUES 3:03
08 SHAKE IT AND BREAK IT 2:55
09 WILD MAN BLUES 3:19
10 SAVE IT, PRETTY MAMA 2:53
11 STOMPY JONES 2:51
12 MUSKRAT RAMBLE 2:49
13 BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME 2:36
14 THE SHEIK OF ARABY [One Man Band] 2:11
15 WHEN IT’S SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH 3:03
16 I’M COMING VIRGINIA 2:40
17 STRANGE FRUIT 2:33
18 BLUES IN THE AIR 2:47
19 THE MOOCHE 3:10
20 TWELFTH STREET RAG 3:01
21 MOOD INDIGO 3:14
22 WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE 3:33
23 ROSE ROOM 2:36
24 OH! LADY BE GOOD 2:25
25 BLUES OF BECHET [One Man Band] 1:51
26 PETITE FLEUR (Live version) 3:17