Sidney Bechet shatters all musical boundaries with his charisma and brilliant command of the soprano sax, delighting audiences and making them beg for more. For it is here, captured live on location in a variety of settings in 1950s France, that the magic of Sidney Bechet is released. Wowing the crowds, Bechet sets his musical soul ablaze, hearing his breathless melodies presented in circus-like fashion. He certainly made a positive impact during his stay in France as his newly adopted country and sincerely exposed his music in a friendly manner. For the time, no musician other than Louis Armstrong had captured the imagination of one country through the power of music. Most recognized through listening are Bechet's heavy vibrato and fluid melodic motion on the sax. Beautiful pieces include the romantic and endearing "Petite Fleur (Little Flower)" and the southern Delta vibe of "Ole Miss" Engaging and appealing to the ears, the music of Sidney Bechet and the electricity of his soprano sax sends people dancing. The room certainly hums harder as this popular record ages with each listen. Side B expands Bechet's musical tapestry with some wondrous works done in the studio during the 1950s. Spontaneous and fluid, "When You Were a Tulip" makes one heart skip a beat. "Chinatown, My Chinatown" finds one's eyes envisioning a cultural hot spot of great activity near the heart of New York City. The influences of Rombergand Hammerstein II are heard with great fervor during the splendid tune "When I Grow Too Old to Dream." Hopefully, one can find peace and solitude while actively engaging into the record, and, more importantly, regain their eagerness to dream once again. For, with Bechet on, your day will brighten up; refreshment in life is as easy as a walk down Basin Street.
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AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney