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Sidney Bechet: The Wizard of Jazz Paperback – 22 Mar 1996

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press Ed edition (22 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306806789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306806780
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 907,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Fifty years after hearing Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) in 1923, Duke Ellington recalled, "I have never forgotten the power and imagination with which he played". The first great jazz soloist, Bechet was a genius of the clarinet and the notoriously difficult soprano saxophone. In a career that spanned five decades and two continents he worked with Bunk Johnson, King Oliver, Duke Ellington, Josephine Baker, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong. Bechet was a giant in early New Orleans jazz and a pioneer of improvisation whose contribution to the music, from the traditional to the avant-garde, has been a vital and lasting one. This biography reveals with insight and precision the man and his music, and illuminates the many events obscured by Bechet's own highly readable but factually suspect autobiography, Treat It Gentle.

About the Author

A professional trumpeter and jazz writer, John Chilton is the author of Billie's Blues, Who's Who of Jazz, and with Max Jones, Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story.


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the book is so far the best biography of a great jazz musician, the edition is printed on demand so the pictures are very badly reproduced, it is not very readable and I have doubt about long term durability.
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Have not read book yet but bound to be good.
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