Sidney Bechet: Petite Fleur - His 48 Finest (1923-1953) | Retrospective RTS4372

Sidney Bechet: Petite Fleur - His 48 Finest (1923-1953)

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Label: Retrospective

Cat No: RTS4372

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 5th June 2020

Contents

Artists

Sidney Bechey (saxophone)
Louis Armstrong
Tommy Ladnier
Muggy Spanier
Charlie Shavers
Vic Dickenson
Albert Nicholas
Mezz Mezzrow
Earl Hines
Bunk Johnson

Artists

Sidney Bechey (saxophone)
Louis Armstrong
Tommy Ladnier
Muggy Spanier
Charlie Shavers
Vic Dickenson
Albert Nicholas
Mezz Mezzrow
Earl Hines
Bunk Johnson

About

It was Duke Ellington who said: “Bechet to me was the very epitome of jazz”. Indeed Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was one of the supreme talents of jazz history; as a soloist rivalled only by Louis Armstrong, and the creator of a jazz language for his favoured instrument, the soprano saxophone (as well as being an unsurpassed clarinetist). Retrospective’s Petite Fleur (the title of his biggest international hit) offers a unique 2-CD survey of an extraordinary career, from his very first issued record, Wild Cat Blues of 1923, through to highlights of his later years in Paris. In between is a sequence of unsurpassed jazz masterpieces: Really the Blues, Summertime, Indian Summer, Blues in Thirds, Egyptian Fantasy, Blue Horizon and so many more: 48 classics lasting 2 hours and 38 minutes. The tracks also present a gallery of Bechet’s foremost fellow soloists, including Tommy Ladnier, Muggy Spanier, Charlie Shavers, Vic Dickenson, Albert Nicholas, Mezz Mezzrow, Earl Hines, Bunk Johnson and, of course, Louis Armstrong. No jazz collection can be complete without a Sidney Bechet compilation, and this is the one to have.

Tracklisting:

CD 1 (1923-1941)
1. Petite Fleur
2. Wild Cat Blues
3. Kansas City Man Blues
4. Sweetie Dear
5. Maple Leaf Rag
6. Dear Old Southland
7. Okey-Doke
8. Blackstick
9. Really the Blues
10. Weary Blues
11. Summertime
12. High Society
13. Indian Summer
14. Sweet Lorraine
15. China Boy
16. Four or Five Times
17. Perdido Street Blues
18. Shake It and Break It 2.37
19. Wild Man Blues
20. Old Man Blues
21. Blues in Thirds 2.54
22. Ain’t Misbehavin’
23. Egyptian Fantasy
24. The Sheik of Araby
25. When It’s Sleepy Time Down South

CD 2 (1941-1953)
1. I’m Coming, Virginia
2. Strange Fruit
3. Blues in the Air
4. Twelfth Street Rag
5. Mood Indigo
6. After You’ve Gone
7. St. Louis Blues
8. Blue Horizon
9. Milenberg Joys
10. Days Beyond Recall
11. Out of the Gallion 2.28
12. Blame It on the Blues
13. Old Stack O’Lee Blues
14. Buddy Bolden Stomp
15. Where Am I?
16. I’ve Found a New Baby
17. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
18. Margie
19. Black and Blue
20. Le Marchand de poissons
21. Si tu vois ma mère
22. The Black Bottom
23. C Jam Blues

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