Sidney Bechet – Pre-War Classic Sides ( 4-CD Set )


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Release Date: 2007

Label: JSP Records


Track List

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. The 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 – Part 1
  9. My Daddy Rocks Me – Part 2
  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 Tommmy
  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


Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans in May 1897. His father was a successful shoemaker. Sidney was surrounded by music. His father loved music and had many friends in the business. Outside, the streets of New Orleans pulsated with marches, ragtime and popular song. By the age of twelve, Sidney had taught himself to play a tin whistle. Soon he graduated to the clarinet and was sitting in with professionals. In 1917, acknowledged as a leading exponent of the New Orleans style, Sidney joined the general migration of musicians to Chicago. There, he joined King Oliver. After falling out with Oliver, he joined Freddie Keppard. Again, he fell out with his leader and joined ‘Doc’ Cook’s Orchestra which was about to tour Europe. Bechet had a ball. He was part of a Cook group that played for King George V. He also bought the straight soprano sax that would become his trademark. In October 1921, he was back in New York. Europe, though, was irresistible. In 1925 he returned with Josephine Baker. After a successful run in Paris, Bechet took off on a tour of the Continent. In 1930 he returned once more to New York. Sidney had played with vocalist Noble Sissle’s band while in Europe and, back in the States, it was Sissle he joined. Sidney’s contributions on reveal his trademark harsh tone and distinctive vibrato. There is, too, some sparkling interaction between Ladnier and Bechet – a harbinger of the future. In summer 1931 Bechet and Ladnier left. After three months in Germany, they were back in New York with Sissle. It is testimony to Bechet’s ability that he was able to do this: by late 1931 good musicians were struggling for work. Bechet and his distinctive sound would be in demand on both sides of the Atlantic for the rest of his life. In that time he played with, among many other, Louis Armstrong – and he forever resented being ‘cut’ by Louis.The Feetwarmers cuts here, with Bechet in soaring form and congenial company are a good place to leave him.

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