Spreadin Joy - The Music of Sidney Bechet

Bob Wilber, who is best known for playing clarinet and soprano, started his career in 1946 as Sidney Bechet’s protégé. He learned a great deal from Bechet and, while the influence of his teacher has been felt on his playing, Wilber has long had his own musical personality. In his long career, which exceeds 65 years, Wilber led a modern swing group called The Six, played with Eddie Condon, paid several tributes to Benny Goodman, and worked with the World’s Greatest Jazz Band, Soprano Summit and his own Bechet Legacy.

In 1960, a year after Bechet’s death, Bob Wilber paid tribute to him with Spreadin’ Joy. Wilber is heard playing songs either written or performed by Bechet. Three numbers (“Where Am I,” “Little Creole Lullaby” and “Who'll Chop Your Suey When I'm Gone”) received their first recordings on this project. With fine support from guitarist Barry Galbraith, pianist Dick Wellstood, bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Bobby Donaldson plus guest appearances by trombonist Vic Dickenson and trumpeter Dick Cary, Wilber leads the all-star band, playing clarinet, tenor and bass clarinet. Among the other joyful selections are “Polka Dot Stomp,” “Ghost Of The Blues,” “Spreadin' Joy” and “Quincy Street Stomp.” Spreadin’ Joy is a great tribute not only to Sidney Bechet but to the creative imagination of Bob Wilber, who successfully avoids sounding his teacher while paying homage to him.



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Polka Dot Stomp Where Am I? Ghost Of The Blues When The Sun Sets Down South Little Creole Lullaby Spreadin' Joy Who'll Chop Your Suey When I'm Gone Quincy Street Stomp Georgia Cabin Blackstick

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Format: Jazz Record
Soloist/Artist Bob Wilber
Instruments Music and Musicians
Composer Sidney Bechet
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Customer Reviews (3)

Bob Wilber: Spreadin' Joy - The Music of Sydney BechetReview by Simon Sez
Bob Wilber could have been excused if he had spent his whole career sounding like Sidney Bechet. Bechet was his teacher and a very dominant force in music. In addition, his music was rich enough for one to spend a lifetime exploring. But as can be heard on this Classic Jazz CD and several others, Wilber had his own music to play, and he did not want to spend his career sounding like a copy of someone else, even someone as great as Bechet.
After avoiding Bechet’s songs for years, Wilber paid tribute to his former teacher a year after Bechet died. Rather than playing soprano like Bechet, on this album Wilber is heard on clarinet, tenor and bass clarinet. He plays his own versions of songs associated with Bechet, with the help of such greats as trombonist Vic Dickenson and pianist Dick Wellstood. It is fun to hear what they do with such little known songs as “Polka Dot Stomp” and “Who’ll Chop Your Suey When I’m Gone.”

Simon Sez: Rather than try to imitate Sidney Bechet on his tribute album Spreadin’ Joy (CJ05), Bob Wilber plays Bechet’s music his own way.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)
Review by Scott Yanow
Such tunes as “Polka Dot Stomp,” “Ghost Of The Blues,” “Spreadin' Joy” and “Quincy Street Stomp” are a particular joy to hear. 50 years later, this CD is both a tribute to Sidney Bechet and to the inventive and still-active Bob Wilber. (Posted on 6/12/2013)
Review by Mike L. - New York
I bought this album because of my sincere appreciation for Bechet. Bob Wilber and his band make it happen. I listen, then listen again and again! A most wonderful masterpiece.... (Posted on 6/12/2013)

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