Dearieme presents Sidney Bechet

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9-5mXntqlg&feature=related

His most famous composition was Petite Fleur.

4 comments for “Dearieme presents Sidney Bechet

  1. July 1, 2012 at 19:29

    Just looked him up – didn’t know how unpleasant he was. He’s on my ever-growing list though.

    At the moment I’m listening to a boxed set “Breaking Out of New Orleans 1922-1929” – great stuff. So far I particularly like Sam Morgan’s Jazz Band.

  2. July 1, 2012 at 20:13

    Thanks, Dearieme. As long as AKH and I love this series of yours, I hope you’d agree it’s well worthwhile.

  3. dearieme
    July 2, 2012 at 00:19

    Sam Morgan: my compliments on your taste, AK. Any Oscar Celestin in the set?

  4. July 2, 2012 at 10:16

    dearime – yes, most of disc 1 features Celestin’s Original Tuxedo Orchestra during 1927 and 1928. All good stuff.

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