Sidney Bechet

We Dig Dixieland

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Bechet recorded this little gem while moonlighting over in England in 1949. Recorded on the sly to get around uptight union rules concerning working with American musicians, Bechet is accompanied here by a small group led by British trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton. The rhythm section doesn't swing with any kind of authority and Buddy Vallis' banjo work is almost earache-inducing in spots in its sheer monotony, but Bechet blows beautifully and inventively on "Black and Blue," "Who's Sorry Now" and a stunning "Georgia on My Mind." A bonus track from a group led by Joe Marsala completes the package.