Sidney Bechet

Jazz Nocturne, Vol. 4

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This is the fourth of a dozen LPs documenting Bechet's residence in Boston during part of 1945. After Bunk Johnson essentially drank himself out of the band, Bechet sent for the veteran trumpeter Peter Bocage from New Orleans. In the meantime he started using a local 18-year-old trumpeter, Johnny Windhurst, who turned out to be a particularly suitable player for the band. On Volume Four Windhurst makes two appearances during the April 10 broadcast; by the concluding April 17 aircheck he sounds very much like a member of the band. Since the trumpeter did not record all that much during his relatively short life, his appearances on six volumes of this series are quite valuable.