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The Fabulous Sidney Bechet
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on 18 August 2017
Love this style of music,
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on 4 March 2015
really good product enjoy the Jazz
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on 16 February 2015
Absolutely adore this music.
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on 30 May 2016
delivered very quick to France what's not to love from the brilliant Bechet.
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on 17 July 2014
Enjoyed by a friend it was purchased for
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on 1 April 2015
As joyous a noise as humanity can muster.
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on 23 March 2013
This replaced the LP I bought in 1955 but had to send to charity shop years ago. It's excellent and the added second album is nearly as good - but "Blues my Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me" is the ultimate highlight.
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on 21 March 2013
Absolutely wonderful! You will not be disappointed with this amazing album. Sidney at his best. If ever you want to listen to a jazz genius at work do yourself a favour and buy this!
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on 6 December 2010
It is often hard to know where to start with the greats of Jazz: huge back catalogues, numerous best of's, re-packaging of the same material, long career's during changing times. However, when it comes to Sidney Bechet I would reccomend this album above all others.

Bechet is often seen as ones of the greats of Jazz but is perhaps less well known than others. This is probably because his sound can divide listeners: his use of vibratto can be seen as excessive. Whether you like his sound or not he has that rare thing in Jazz - a unique style that is instantly recognisable.

One of the main reasons why this album is so good is that it was recorded in the 50's so the songs are longer and allow more soloing time than earlier recordings, whilst the sound quality is superb. The songs are all early Jazz classics done mainly in an upbeat New Orleans style. The soloing and group inter-play are superb throughout and trumpeters Sidney de Paris and Jonah Jones stand out.

The material is taken from two seperate sessions that employed two different groups. This allows an interesting comparison of different styles. The earlier sessions utilises a bassist who plays in an early jazz style that involves slapping the bass strings. The later session has Walter Page on bass - the Count Basie bassist - who was involved in developing the walking bass which might be considered one of the bigger developments in jazz bass playing. The later session therefore sounds more 'modern'.

Overall this a great album and one that I have found good to play to people who profess to be ignorant of Jazz but like blues etc. It also includes my favourite version of All of me with a lovely OTT trumpet solo.
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