Sidney Bechet

Vol. 12: 1942-1943

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This 12-song collection zeroes in on Bechet's recording activities between 1942 and early 1943 and showcases him in three different settings. The centerpiece is a private recording from August 1942 with Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers running through such classics as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Bugle Call Rag," "Royal Garden Blues," and "That's A-Plenty." This is followed by more private wartime recordings, three of which showcase Sidney playing piano (one of which is his original composition, "Negro Rapsodie No. 1"), the closing three being a three-part rendition of Hadyn's "Toy Symphony" recorded at a private party. Some very interesting Bechet that didn't make it onto commercial recordings, this accounts for some important music that deserves to be reissued. Expertly annotated and plenty of exhaustive notes and session information, this volume is just as potent as the others in the set.

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