Genre: Jazz
Label: Pure Pleasure
Format: 33RPM,
Size: 12"


Sidney Bechet The Grand Master of The Soprano Saxophone and Clarinet 180g LP (Mono)

Sidney Bechet

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Limited Edition 180g Audiophile Vinyl Mono LP!
Remastered By Ray Staff at Air Mastering!

Sidney Bechet's historic recordings for Blue Note and RCA Victor tend to overshadow some of his other work because they have been reissued more frequently, though there are lesser-known dates worth acquiring as well. This Columbia LP compiles three separate recording sessions made between 1938 and 1947. Bechet sticks almost exclusively to soprano sax throughout each of them and has ample space for his solos, full of his trademark heavy vibrato.

The earliest set matches him with drummer Zutty Singleton, bassist Henry Turner, and guitarist Leonard Ware (all members of his working band at the time), along with pianist Dave Bowman and baritone saxophonist Ernie Caceres. The Bechet-Singleton collaboration "Jungle Drums" has delightful solos by the two reeds, along with Singleton's exotic tom-toms. Six tracks come from a 1947 quartet with pianist Lloyd Phillips, bassist Pops Foster, and either Freddie Moore or Arthur Herbert on drums. Bechet's swinging tribute to a legendary jazzman, "Buddy Bolden Stomp," a romp through "Just One of Those Things," and a heartfelt arrangement of "Laura" are the highlights of this session. Another 1947 session gives a preview of the future of classic jazz, featuring a sextet led by Bechet's star pupil, a young Bob Wilber, along with Dick Wellstood, who would rise to fame as a master stride interpreter. Bechet plays soprano sax and Wilber sticks to clarinet on two numbers, though they switch roles on "Kansas City Man Blues." (Ken Dryden/AMG)

• 180g Vinyl
• Mono

Sidney Bechet, soprano saxophone
A3, B5 & B7 - recorded 11/16/38 in New York:
Zutty Singleton, drums
Henry Turner, bass
Leonard Ware, electric guitar
Dave Bowman, piano
Ernie Caceres, baritone saxophone
A4 - Recorded 7/23/47 in New York:
Lloyd Phillips, piano
Pops Foster, bass
Freddie Moore, drums
A1, A5, B1, B2, B4 & B6 - recorded 7/31/47 in New York:
Lloyd Phillips, piano
George "Pops" Foster, bass
Arthur Herbert, drums
A2, A6, B3 - recorded 7/14/47 in New York:
Sidney Bechet, soprano saxophone on A2, A6
Sidney Bechet, clarinet B3
Johnny Glasel, cornet
Bob Mielke, trombone
Bob Wilber, clarinet
Dick Wellstood, piano
Charlie Traeger, bass
Danny Strong, drums

Side A:

1. Love For Sale
2. I Had It, But It's All Gone Now
3. Jungle Drums
4. Buddy Bolden Stomp
5. My Woman's Blues
6. Polka Dot Stomp
Side B:
1. Laura
2. Just One Of Those Things
3. Kansas City Man Blues
4. Shake 'Em Up
5. Chant In the Night
6. The Song of Songs
7. What A Dream

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