Bob Wilber

Bob Wilber and the Bechet Legacy

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Bob Wilber formed the Bechet Legacy in 1980 to pay tribute to his former teacher the great soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet. Wilber, who used to sound like Bechet on soprano and clarinet but has long since developed his own sound, heads a fine sextet also including trumpeter Glenn Zottola, pianist Mark Shane, guitarist Chris Flory, bassist Phil Flanigan and drummer Chuck Riggs on a set of tunes associated with Bechet. Pug Horton takes vocals on three songs (in the style of Eva Taylor) and the final two numbers ("Kansas City Man" and "China Boy") find Wilber and Zottola interacting with fire in a sparse quartet with Flory and Flanigan. The music on this LP has many highlights including "Down in Honky Tonk Town," "Roses of Picardy" and "Petite Fleur." It is quite fitting that the debut recording by Bechet Legacy was recorded live at a club called Bechet's.