Paris Jazz Concert

Sidney Bechet

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Paris Jazz Concert Review

by Scott Yanow

This Sidney Bechet LP is comprised of previously unreleased material taken from three Paris concerts that was fortunately broadcast over the radio and properly preserved through the years. The classic master of the soprano sax is heard in reasonably inspired form quite late in his career. The first two sets feature Bechet accompanied by French groups that, although not overly distinctive, offer contrasting solos that do not get in the way; both Guy Lognon and Roland Hug are fine on trumpet. The other band has much bigger names, including trumpeter Buck Clayton, trombonist Vic Dickenson, and pianist George Wein, but even with Clayton being showcased on "All of Me," there is no doubt that Sidney Bechet is the leader. It's easily recommended to Dixieland fans.

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