Sidney Bechet

1923-1925

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1923-1925 presents Sidney Bechet at his earliest, and these are historically important recordings made by one of the giants of jazz. Even on his earliest tracks such as "Wild Cat Blues" and "Blind Man Blues," Bechet's style is already mature and distinctive, and these sessions laid the bedrock for the artist's performing career for the decades following. Despite the excellent remastering on this release, fidelity is still rather poor, although the brilliance of Bechet's playing, like Armstrong's (who joins Bechet on nine of the tracks here), transcends these technical limitations. A wonderful release, both historically important and a wonderful listening experience.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:02
2 2:59
3 3:15
4 2:58
5 2:51
6 2:55
7 3:12
8 3:27
9 2:59
10 2:58
11 2:56
12 2:56
13 3:02
14 3:01
15 2:53
16 3:12
17 2:59
18 3:17
19 3:06
20 3:14
21 2:57
22 3:21
23 3:02
24 3:01
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