Sidney Bechet

The Complete American Masters 1931-1953

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A brilliant soprano saxophonist and clarinetist, and arguably the first important soloist in jazz history (Duke Ellington called him "the very epitome of jazz"), Sidney Bechet was a master of both solo improvisation and collective improvisation within the New Orleans jazz tradition. This massive 14-disc set may not actually be complete, but it does seem to have all the master takes Bechet recorded in the States between 1931 and 1953, along with selections from live shows, personal recordings, and sessions he tracked for radio shows. It adds up to a whole lot of Bechet, probably more than the casual fan would ever need, but it also serves as an impressive tribute to this fine and important player's wonderful legacy.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:00
2 2:59
3 2:57
4 3:11
5
3:00
6 3:09
7 2:58
8 2:58
9 3:14
10 2:53
11 3:09
12 3:17
13 3:24
14
feat: Eva Taylor
2:56
15 2:48
16 3:17
17 3:18
18 3:06
19 2:50
20 3:07
21 3:12
22 3:15
23 2:56
24 3:06

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:20
2 2:57
3 2:51
4 2:23
5 2:32
6 2:47
7 2:52
8 2:50
9 2:35
10 2:54
11 2:56
12 3:05
13 2:48
14 3:12
15 3:20
16
feat: Trixie Smith
3:18
17
feat: Trixie Smith
3:17
18
feat: Trixie Smith
5:53
19
feat: Trixie Smith
2:47
20
feat: Trixie Smith
2:46
21
feat: Trixie Smith
2:46
22 2:36
23 2:48
24 3:16

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:17
2 2:54
3 2:36
4 2:29
5 2:25
6 2:54
7 3:38
8 2:43
9 3:02
10 4:26
11 4:13
12 4:02
13 3:11
14 2:48
15 3:13
16 3:08
17 2:38
18 2:28
19 2:22
20 2:36
21 2:22
22 2:25
23 3:01
24 2:35

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:45
2 2:45
3 2:40
4 2:19
5 2:58
6 3:04
7 2:25
8 3:04
9 2:52
10 3:44
11 4:06
12 4:04
13 4:02
14 2:55
15 2:58
16 3:58
17 4:14
18 4:06
19 3:47
20 4:00
21 4:07
22 3:49
23 4:02

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:06
2 2:52
3 3:06
4 2:56
5 2:55
6 2:48
7 3:19
8 3:32
9 3:17
10 2:58
11 2:54
12 2:58
13 2:56
14 2:53
15 2:50
16 2:45
17 3:03
18 2:35
19 2:53
20 2:11
21 1:54
22 2:22
23 2:29
24 3:02

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:15
2 2:40
3 2:37
4 3:00
5 3:00
6 2:32
7 3:13
8 2:19
9 2:29
10 2:44
11 3:06
12 2:04
13 3:00
14 3:13
15 2:36
16 2:28
17 3:31
18 4:52
19 4:52
20 5:37
21 4:15
22 4:49
23 4:17

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:28
2 3:42
3 3:53
4 3:55
5 4:15
6 4:24
7 3:38
8 4:04
9 4:21
10 4:46
11
feat: Bunk Johnson
4:20
12
feat: Bunk Johnson
3:35
13
feat: Bunk Johnson
4:51
14
feat: Bunk Johnson
3:11
15
feat: Bunk Johnson
4:23
16 2:41
17 2:24
18 3:17
19 2:38
20 2:27
21 2:58

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:39
2 2:58
3 3:03
4 3:00
5 2:59
6 2:56
7 3:02
8 2:49
9 3:34
10 2:55
11 3:30
12 2:45
13 2:30
14 2:33
15 3:10
16 3:08
17 2:55
18 2:57
19 3:20
20 3:00
21 2:40
22 2:48
23 2:51

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:58
2 4:16
3 3:49
4 3:11
5 2:57
6 2:40
7 3:37
8 2:41
9 2:13
10 3:10
11 2:59
12 3:08
13 2:54
14 3:05
15 3:16
16
2:48
17 2:44
18 3:05
19 2:36
20 3:27
21 6:34
22 6:42

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:28
2 6:02
3 4:48
4 3:00
5 3:19
6 2:39
7 2:41
8 3:08
9 2:56
10 3:01
11 3:06
12 3:20
13 3:09
14 2:35
15 4:43
16 5:03
17 4:14
18 3:45
19 4:18
20 4:09

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 4:23
2 4:29
3 4:09
4 4:28
5 4:08
6 3:36
7 3:42
8 4:11
9 4:21
10 4:01
11 3:05
12 3:08
13 3:00
14 3:08
15 3:09
16 3:02
17 3:01
18 2:57
19 2:53
20 2:32

Track Listing - Disc 12

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:33
2 2:48
3 2:44
4 3:18
5 2:35
6 2:54
7 3:02
8 3:20
9 3:00
10 2:46
11 3:19
12 3:06
13 3:09
14 3:19
15 3:06
16 2:50
17 3:05
18 3:07
19