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Pre-War Classic Sides

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Pre-War Classic Sides
Pre-War Classic Sides


Sidney Bechet was the first important jazz soloist on record in history (beating Louis Armstrong by a few months). He was brilliant soprano saxophonist and clarinetist with a wide vibrato. A master at both individual and collective improvisation within the genre of New Orleans jazz, Bechet was such a dominant player that trumpeters found it very difficult to play with him. He wanted to play lead and it was up to the other horns to stay out of his way. This 97 track set, mastered by award-winning engineer Ted Kendall, presents the best of the early Bechet in numerous different settings: with his friend Tommy Ladnier as The New Orleans Feetwarmers, as a member of the Noble Sissle band, accompanying singers such as Lena Horne, Trixie Smith, Josh White and Grant & Wilson, and with other great names such as Charlie Shavers, Jelly Roll Morton, Meade Lux Lewis and Muggsy Spanier. One batch of tracks, recorded with Willie 'The Lion' Smith, is notorious for generally only be available in highly degraded condition. Here, Kendall has located rare examples where the damage is mimimal, allowing clear critical analysis for the first time in decades.


  1. Name
  2. Got The Bench, Got The Park
  3. In A Cafe On The Road To Calais
  4. Loveless Love
  5. Basement Blues
  6. Wha' Ya To To Me?
  7. Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On
  8. Sweetie Dear
  9. I Want You Tonight
  10. I've Found A New Baby
  11. Lay Your Racket
  12. Maple Leaf Rag
  13. Shag
  14. Under The Creole Moon
  15. The Old Ark Is Moverin'
  16. Loveless Love
  17. Polka Dot Rag
  18. That's What Love Did To Me
  19. You Can't Live In Harlem
  20. I Wonder Who Made Rhythm
  21. 'Tain't A Fit Night Out For Man Or Beast
  22. I Take To You
  23. Rhythm Of The Broadway Moon
  24. Bandanna Days
  25. I'm Just Wild About Harry
  26. Dear Old Southland
  27. Okey-Doke
  28. Characteristic Blues
  29. Viper Mad
  30. Blackstick
  31. When The Sun Sets Down South
  32. Sweet Patootie
  33. Freight Train Blues
  34. Trixie Blues
  35. My Daddy Rocks Me - Part 1
  36. My Daddy Rocks Me - Part 2
  37. He May Be Your Man But He Comes To Me Sometimes
  38. Jack, I'm Mellow
  39. Uncle Joe
  40. I Am A Woman
  41. Toot It, Brother Armstrong
  42. Blue Monday On Sugar Hill
  43. My Unusual Man
  44. What A Dream
  45. Hold Tight
  46. Jungle Drums
  47. Chant In The Night
  48. Ja Da
  49. Really The Blues
  50. When You And I Were Young, Maggie
  51. Weary Blues
  52. Summertime
  53. Blues For Tommmy
  54. Pounding Heart Blues
  55. Magic Islands
  56. Mayotte
  57. Rosa Rhumba
  58. Sous Les Palmiers
  59. Colonel Bogey
  60. Diane
  61. Nana
  62. De Nous Meme
  63. Titte Chatte
  64. La Belle Germaine
  65. Ti Ralph
  66. Meringue D'amour
  67. Danses De Chez Nous
  68. Oh, Didn't He Ramble?
  69. High Society
  70. I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
  71. Winin' Boy Blues
  72. Indian Summer
  73. One O'Clock Jump
  74. Preachin' Blues
  75. Sidney's Blues
  76. Careless Love
  77. Milk Cow Blues
  78. Lonesome Blues
  79. Dear Old Southland
  80. Bechet, Steady Rider
  81. Saturday Night Blues
  82. Four Or Five Times
  83. Sweet Lorraine
  84. Lazy River
  85. China Boy
  86. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
  87. That's A Plenty
  88. Squeeze Me
  89. Sweet Sue
  90. Perdido Street Blues
  91. 2.19 Blues
  92. Down In Honky Tonk Town
  93. Coal Cart Blues
  94. Shake It And Break It
  95. Old Man Blues
  96. Wild Man Blues
  97. Nobody Knows The Way I Feel 'Dis Mornin'
  98. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
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