Masters Of Jazz: Sidney Bechet


Publisher: Storyville Records
Artist: Sidney Bechet
Format: Audio / Video | Recorded Performance
Published on: 05 April 2013
Length: 77
Language: English
Catalogue No: STV1018509

        Musicroom Reviews

        If Mezz Mezzrow is remembered as a clarinetist of limited abilities, he deserves full credit for recording Sidney Bechet extensively for his King Jazz label in the years 1945 through ’47. Never a great improviser, Mezzrow, however, knew instinctively how to play his lines behind and around Bechet’s majestic soprano and particularly in some slow blues tunes (most of the 22 songs are blues) Bechet seems to sweep the entire band aside with his big sound and authoritative phrasing. If you don’t need the complete King Jazz output, this cross section of 22 quintet and septet tunes gives a good example of one of the more unorthodox partnerships in jazz. A welcome ‘bonus’ is Sammy Price’s strong, two-handed piano playing on several tracks.
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