Bob Wilber's Bechet Legacy has been a part-time group since 1980. Wilber (on soprano and clarinet) was always enthusiastic about paying tribute to his former teacher Sidney Bechet and was able to interpret Bechet's music without directly imitating the great soprano saxophonist. For this live outing, Wilber is ably assisted by the talented trumpeter Randy Sandke, pianist Mark Shane, guitarist Dave Cliff, bassist Dave Green, drummer Butch Miles and (on a few numbers) singer Pug Horton. In addition to ten Bechet compositions, the group plays six songs that Bechet performed at one time or another. The solos are melodic and full of chance-taking, the ensembles are heated and the overall program is quite delightful and swinging. Highlights include "Down In Honky Tonk Town," "Egyptian Fantasy," "Maryland My Maryland" and "Dans Le Rue D'Antibes."
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow