The Paris scene of the postwar years had a real love affair with Sidney Bechet
– and it was in Paris that Bechet
cut some of his finest recordings of later years! This set brings together material from Bechet
's first 2 sessions in France – a 1948 date that features a small orchestra of French players, supporting Bechet
's work on soprano sax; and a 1949 session done with a quartet that includes Kenny Clark on drums. Bechet
's soprano is recorded beautifully throughout – with a free-swinging sound that's sentimental, but never too much so – and a sense of tone that clearly had a huge influence on many players to come. The CD is completed by an additional 6 tracks from the contemporaneous group of Claude Luter, a French clarinetist who worked in a traditional jazz style that was similar to that of Bechet
. All material is originally from 78rpm singles on the Blue Star label, and remastered here for the set – with titles that include "High Society", "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", "It Had To Be You", "Ooh Boogie", "After You've Gone", "Margie", "Gatemout", and "South African Blues".
(Out of print.)