Sidney Bechet

Shake 'Em Up

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A generous two-disc set that amounts to a mini career overview starting with a 1938 session with a small group made up of Noble Sissle Orchestra members and winding up with a quartet date from 1947. In between are complete session runs featuring Bechet fronting his own bands or as a member in the Port of Harlem Seven, the Josh White Trio, Art Hodes' Blue Note Jazzmen, and the Joe Sullivan Jazz Quartet. Two big bonuses in this set are the inclusion of the complete Bechet-Spanier Big Four session (here on CD for the first time) and the 1941 session where Sidney overdubs himself into a complete band on "The Sheik of Araby" and "The Blues of Bechet." A powerful set of music by a true master.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Noble Sissle
3:02
2
feat: Noble Sissle
2:46
3 3:09
4 3:16
5 2:55
6 2:41
7 2:31
8 2:28
9 4:31
10 4:18
11
4:07
12 3:46
13 4:09
14 4:07
15 4:20
16 4:15
17 3:56
18 4:06
19 4:13
20 3:55
21 4:06

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:57
2 3:34
3 2:12
4 1:56
5 4:18
6 4:55
7 4:54
8 3:08
9 3:06
10 2:53
11 2:52
12 3:17
13 3:00
14
feat: Joe Sullivan
2:42
15
feat: Joe Sullivan
2:49
16
feat: Joe Sullivan
2:53
17 3:02
18 3:21
19 2:41
20 2:44
21 3:09
22 2:45
23 3:12
24 2:34
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