Sidney Bechet was an unpleasant piece of work who played some lovely stuff. Here he is with some non-chums: first Louis, in the mid 20s.
Like many, he found work hard to come by during the Depression. In about 1940 he recorded quite a bit. With Muggsy Spanier, for instance (and wasn’t Muggsy a dab hand with a mute?):
With “Fatha” Hines (though why this lovely recording should stop so abruptly I don’t know)
and with Jelly Roll Morton himself: two egos there, by golly.
After the war he went to live in France where he loved being feted, recording lots.
His most famous composition was Petite Fleur.