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. Titles include "Together", "Apex Blues", "Kansas City Man Blues", "Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet", "Darling Nelly Gray", and "Sidney
's Wedding Day".
(Great pressing – with original cover art, orange vinyl, and liner notes too!)