Sidney Bechet – Discography (1923-2006)


Title: Discography
Year Of Release: 1923-2006
Genre: Swing, New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Size: 6 Gb

Sidney Bechet was the first important jazz soloist on records in history (beating Louis Armstrong by a few months). A brilliant soprano saxophonist and clarinetist with a wide vibrato that listeners either loved or hated, Bechet's style did not evolve much through the years but he never lost his enthusiasm or creativity. 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. Bechet wanted to play lead and it was up to the other horns to stay out of his way.

Sidney Bechet studied clarinet in New Orleans with Lorenzo Tio, Big Eye Louis Nelson, and George Baquet and he developed so quickly that as a child he was playing with some of the top bands in the city. He even taught clarinet, and one of his students (Jimmie Noone) was actually two years older than him. In 1917, he traveled to Chicago, and in 1919 he joined Will Marion Cook's orchestra, touring Europe with Cook and receiving a remarkably perceptive review from Ernst Ansermet. While overseas he found a soprano sax in a store and from then on it was his main instrument. Back in the U.S., Bechet made his recording debut in 1923 with Clarence Williams and during the next two years he appeared on records backing blues singers, interacting with Louis Armstrong and playing some stunning solos. He was with Duke Ellington's early orchestra for a period and at one point hired a young Johnny Hodges for his own band. However, from 1925-1929 Bechet was overseas, traveling as far as Russia but getting in trouble (and spending jail time) in France before being deported.

1923-1944. Sidney Bechet - Complete Edition (13 CD)
1923-1947. Sidney Bechet - Mosaic Select 26 (Box Set 3 CD) {MS-022} (2006)
1931-1940. Sidney Bechet - Classic Jazz Archive (2 CD)
1931-1952. Sidney Bechet - Petite Fleur (Box Set, 10 CDs)
1932-1940. Sidney Bechet - Summertime {Released 2000}
1932-1952. Sidney Bechet - Original Recordings {Released 2006}
1938-1941. Sidney Bechet - Jazz & Blues Collection {Released 1995}
1941-1951. Sidney Bechet - Revolutionary Blues {Giants Of Jazz 53106}
1949-1950. Sidney Bechet - Runnin' Wild {Released 1998}
1951-1953. Sidney Bechet - The Fabulous Sidney Bechet {Released 2001}
1952. Sidney Bechet - Concert Salle Pleyel, 1952 {Giants Of Jazz 53177}
1953. Sidney Bechet - Jazz At Storyville
1954. Sidney Bechet - In Concert Olympia 8 Decembre 1954 {Released 1987}
1998. Sidney Bechet - High Society