compilation is Volume 3 of the Sidney Bechet Series. After a short
break from playing in 1938, to run a tailoring shop, Bechet re-established
himself on the jazz scene. These twenty tracks begin with those
made for Vocalion in 1938 by Sidney Bechet & His Orchestra.
Track 12 is a trio spot featuring Bechet on clarinet, Earl Hines,
piano and Baby Dodds on drums. The remaining 15 tracks, cut between
February, 1940 and April, 1941 feature Sidney Bechet & His
New Orleans Feetwarmers and feature many of Bechet’s when known
contemporaries including Sidney de Paris, Rex Stewart, Henry ‘Red’
Allen, Wellman Braud and J. C. Higginbotham.
Bechet is at his best, whether on clarinet or soprano saxophone,
his powerful sound and weaving interchanges show what a genius
this mainly self-taught jazz legend was. He was a master technician
and recognized by his peers as a musician who made a valuable
contribution to the New Orleans tradition.