Jazz Nocturne, Vol. 6

Sidney Bechet

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Jazz Nocturne, Vol. 6 Review

by Scott Yanow

The sixth in this 12-LP series continues the documentation of the Sidney Bechet Quintet during its long run in Boston in 1945. When Bunk Johnson drank himself out of the band, Bechet sent down to New Orleans for veteran trumpeter Peter Bocage, a move he eventually regretted. In the meantime he was persuaded to use Johnny Windhurst who, although just 18, fit in perfectly. This particular LP has Windhurst's last broadcast with Bechet before Bocage's arrival, and his first after Bocage's departure. Since Windhurst did not record that extensively during his relatively short life, his participation in these broadcasts makes this series quite valuable, as does the consistently exciting playing of the great Sidney Bechet.