Sidney Bechet - 1941-1944



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This collection covers Sidney Bechet's recordings during most of the World War II years. Music from his final two Victor dates begins the CD, highlighted by memorable versions of "The Mooche" and "What Is This Thing Called Love?" Three extended V-Disc performances (all between four and five minutes long) match Bechet's soprano with trombonist Vic Dickenson in exciting fashion. Also included is a Blue Note date that has the classic "Blue Horizon" and four numbers on which Bechet is a sideman with pianist Cliff Jackson's Village Cats. While Bechet is the main star, there are also hot solos from Dickenson, trumpeters Charlie Shavers and Sidney DeParis, and pianists Willie "The Lion" Smith and Cliff Jackson. Sidney Bechet always sounds enthusiastic, and listeners not already owning a complete collection of his Victor dates will find this collection quite enjoyable. ~ Scott Yanow

1) Blues in the Air - Sidney Bechet (02:45)
2) The Mooche - Sidney Bechet (03:08)
3) Laughin' in Rhythm - Sidney Bechet (02:00)
4) Twelfth Street Rag - Sidney Bechet (02:57)
5) Mood Indigo - Sidney Bechet (03:06)
6) Rose Room - Sidney Bechet (02:34)
7) Oh, Lady Be Good - Sidney Bechet (02:25)
8) What Is This Thing Called Love? - Sidney Bechet (03:08)
9) After You've Gone - Sidney Bechet (04:48)
10) V-Disc Blues: Bugle Call Rag/Ole Miss - Sidney Bechet (04:48)
11) St. Louis Blues - Sidney Bechet (04:11)
12) St. Louis Blues - Sidney Bechet & His Blue Note Jazzmen (04:45)
13) Jazz Me Blues - Sidney Bechet & His Blue Note Jazzmen (04:15)
14) Blue Horizon - Sidney Bechet & His Blue Note Jazzmen (04:25)
15) Muskrat Ramble - Sidney Bechet & His Blue Note Jazzmen (03:39)
16) You've Got Me Walkin' and Talkin' to Myself - Sidney Bechet / Cliff Jackson's Village Cats (03:51)
17) Quiet Please - Sidney Bechet / Cliff Jackson (03:53)
18) Cliff's Boogie Blues - Sidney Bechet / Cliff Jackson's Village Cats (04:13)
19) Jeepers Creepers - Sidney Bechet / Cliff Jackson's Village Cats (04:21)

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1941-1944 | Sidney Bechet