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I'm Speaking My Mind Never Will I Forget the Blues Cow Cow Blues I Want Some I Got You Some I Finally The Blues and Freud, Part I The Blues and Freud, Part II Kaiser's Last Break Gully Low Blues Blues of the Roaring Twenties I'm Going Away From Here Breathless Blues Layin' My Rules in Blues Minor Swoon Baby I'm Cutting Out Perdido Street Stomp New Jailhouse Blues Chicago Function, Part I Chicago Function, Part II Bad Bad Baby Blues Boogin' With Big Sid De Luxe Stomp Broken Man Blues
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Sammy Price, Pops Foster, Big Sid Catlett, Hot Lips Page|
Customer Reviews (4)
- "The Master"Review by Big Toots
If there was one characteristic about Bechet, it was that subtlety was not for Sidney. Bechet came from that New Orleans tradition that played loud and with a seriousness that made their efforts sound even louder. However, the truly amazing characteristic about Bechet’s sound is that the more forceful it became, the sweeter it was.
Covering a massive 16 tracks recorded in the mid 1940s in New York and Chicago, this pairing of clarinetist Mezzrow with Bechet (who’s predominantly on soprano sax and some clarinet) swings with an impetus and flair that is truly contagious. With Bechet really leading these dates, he wails supreme through a series of blues (“Cow Cow Blues”, "Layin’ My Rules in Blues”) and funky butt ‘Nawlins-style originals (“Cow Cow Blues,” “Minor Swoon”). Mezzrow, on the other hand is a side-ordered sideman here, doing what he can to stick with his legendary partner. The team works well together as a one-two Perdido Street punch.
The various rhythm teams accompanying Bechet help make the date quite special. “Big” Sid Catlett makes a cameo (“Boogin’ with Big Sid”) as do vocalists Pleasant Joe (“Broken Man Blues”) and Douglas Daniels (“Baby, I’m Cuttin’ Out”). All work their way winding in, around and behind the big man up front.
There’s a ton of Bechet here for lovers of same – and just about anyone with ears. Start jumpin’ with joy with this gem from Sid.
(Posted on 6/1/2015)
- Sidney Bechet and Mezz MezzrowReview by Simon Sez
Many of the best performances of the King Jazz label are on this Classic Jazz release. Not too surprisingly Bechet is the main star. There are also guest spots for trumpeter Hot Lips Page, pianist Sammy Price and singer Pleasant Joseph. Most of the music is blues-oriented (probably so Mezzrow could play it) and, thanks to Bechet, plenty of excitement occurs.
Simon Sez: Sidney Bechet And Mezz Mezzrow (CJ28) has the highlights of the King Jazz label, with Mezz, Bechet and Hot Lips Page rollicking on blues.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
- Review by Scott Yanow
- Review by -Scott Yanow
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Listen Sidney Bechet and Mezz Mezzrow
- I'm Speaking My Mind
- Never Will I Forget the Blues
- Cow Cow Blues
- I Want Some
- I Got You Some
- I Finally
- The Blues and Freud, Part I
- The Blues and Freud, Part II
- Kaiser's Last Break
- Gully Low Blues
- Blues of the Roaring Twenties
- I'm Going Away From Here
- Breathless Blues
- Layin' My Rules in Blues
- Minor Swoon
- Baby I'm Cutting Out
- Perdido Street Stomp
- New Jailhouse Blues
- Chicago Function, Part I
- Chicago Function, Part II
- Bad Bad Baby Blues
- Boogin' With Big Sid
- De Luxe Stomp
- Broken Man Blues