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WEARY BLUES [Sidney Bechet]

  • 1. Black Stick
    2. Viper Mad
    3. When The Sun Sets Down South
    4. Sweet Patootie
    5. Chant In The Night
    6. Jungle Drums
    7. Hold Tight Hold Tight (Seafood Mama)
    8. What A Dream
    9. Weary Blues
    10. Really The Blues
    11. Summertime
    12. High Society
    13. Indian Summer
    14. Sidney's Blues
    15. One O'clock Jump
    16. Preachin' Blues
    17. Dear Old Scotland
    18. Perdido Street Blues
    19. Shake It And Break It
    20. Wilman Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 00022742

  • Credits

    Released in 1996, Jazz Hour's Weary Blues is a sampler of classic Sidney Bechet performances containing 20 recordings made for the Decca, Vocalion, Bluebird, and Blue Note labels between February 10, 1938 and June 4, 1940. Bechet is heard wielding clarinet and soprano sax with Noble Sissle's Swingsters, Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Jazzmen, with bands led by trumpeters Tommy Ladnier and Louis Armstrong, and as leader of his own powerfully driven ensembles including the famous New Orleans Feetwarmers. Highlights include Ernie Caceres' baritone saxophone (tracks five through eight), Wilson Myers' slithering bowed bass behind Bechet's vocal on "Sidney's Blues," Kenny Clarke's inspired drumming on the "One O'Clock Jump," the grand chemistry of Ladnier, Bechet, and Mezz Mezzrow on "^Weary Blues," and "Really the Blues," and Bechet's almost frightening cathartic intensity on the June 8, 1939 realization of "Summertime," which was in effect a grieving ritual for Ladnier who had passed away just four days earlier at the age of 39. Altogether an excellent taste of Bechet at his best; for expanded access to similar territory try JSP's four-CD set titled Pre-War Classic Sides, released in 2007. ~ arwulf arwulf

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