Plays Sidney Bechet
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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 fi rst musician to give the soprano sax a voice in jazz. However, fame and recognition didn’t come early in his career. This release presents the complete LP Sidney Bechet Plays Sidney Bechet, which consisted of brilliant performances by Bechet of his own compositions backed by orchestras conducted by Claude Luter and André Réwéliotty. Among them are Bechet’s immortal tunes “Petite fl eur”, “Les oignons”, “Si tu vois ma mére”, and “Premier bal”. Four additional Bechet compositions recorded by the saxophonist during the same period have been included as a bonus.
Recorded in Paris, France, 1950-57.
One of the most renowned jazz photographers of all time, Francis Wolff (1907-1971) was also a record company executive and producer, whose skills were essential to the success of the Blue Note record label. Born Jakob Franz Wolff in Berlin, Germany, he soon became a jazz enthusiast, despite the government ban placed on this type of music after 1933. A Jew, in 1939 he left Berlin, where hehad worked as a commercial photographer, and established himself in New York. He began working there with his childhood friend Alfred Lion, who had co-founded Blue Note Records with Max Margulis. The latter soon dropped out of any involvement in the company, and Wolff joined Lion in running it. Wolff took thousands of photographs during the label’s recording sessions and rehearsals. His highly personal visual concept would be forever associated with both Blue Note and jazz as a whole.