Some of the purest work to ever capture the genius of Sidney Bechet
were his recordings in Paris – where the respectful record labels allowed the reedman just the right sort of space for his amazing tone and heartfelt emotion! These sides are a bit late in Bechet
's career, but really represent him perfecting his approach, too – never overdone, never gimmicky, and not even trying for any easy cliches that might please the overseas audiences – and instead just right on the money, with a perfect sense of economy in his solos, and a mindblowing tone that will grab you from the very first note on the album! Bechet
blows soprano sax throughout – with a tone that was a huge influence on the Coltrane generation – and works with French musicians on all sessions – the first of which features a group led by clarinetist Andre Reweliotty, one more date with clarinetist Claude Luter, and the last a set of "all stars" that includes Guy Longnon on trumpet. CD features 24 tracks in all – material from three different 10" LP releases – with tracks that include "Apex Blues", "Darling Nelly Gray", "Sleepy Time Gal", "Le Marchand De Poissons", "Pattes De Mouche", "Ghost Of The Blues", "Blues", "Girl's Dance", "Because Of You", and his classic "Petite Fleur".