1949, Vol. 3

Sidney Bechet

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1949, Vol. 3 Review

by Scott Yanow

The great soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet is featured on four formerly rare sessions recorded in Paris and London during October and November 1949. At 50 years old, Bechet was at the peak of his powers. He is heard on two occasions with clarinetist Claude Luter's band (which on one of the dates has two trumpets/cornets); jamming with a quartet consisting of pianist Eddie Bernard, bassist Pierre Michelot, and drummer Kenny Clarke; and sitting in with trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton's group. There is plenty of excitement heard throughout these 24 performances and, although the supporting cast is excellent, Bechet dominates throughout. Highlights include "Maple Leaf Rag," "Panama," "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," "After You've Gone," "Some of These Days," and "Everybody Loves My Baby."

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Sidney Bechet 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
2 Sidney Bechet 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
3 Sidney Bechet 03:20 SpotifyAmazon
4 Sidney Bechet 04:02 SpotifyAmazon
5 Sidney Bechet 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
6 Sidney Bechet 02:42 SpotifyAmazon
7 Sidney Bechet 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
8 Sidney Bechet 02:38 SpotifyAmazon
9 Sidney Bechet 02:56 SpotifyAmazon
10 Sidney Bechet 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
11 Sidney Bechet 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
12 Sidney Bechet 02:46 SpotifyAmazon
13 Sidney Bechet 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
14 Sidney Bechet 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
15 Sidney Bechet 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
16 Sidney Bechet 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
17 Sidney Bechet 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
18 Sidney Bechet 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
19 Sidney Bechet 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
20 Sidney Bechet 02:45 SpotifyAmazon
21 Sidney Bechet 03:03 SpotifyAmazon
22 Sidney Bechet 02:49 SpotifyAmazon
23 Sidney Bechet 03:10 SpotifyAmazon
24 Sidney Bechet 03:02 SpotifyAmazon
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