This week's song is dedicated to Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) on the occasion of his birthday and day of death on 14th May. Bechet, originally from New Orleans, was one of the most important soloists of the early Jazz period. At the beginning of the 1920s, Bechet discovered in London the straight soprano saxophone and developed his unique vibrato style.
Sidney Bechet performed and recorded with all the Jazz Giants in those days, such as Freddie Keppart, Clarence Williams, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington ect., to name but a few.
After being very popular at the Festival International de Jazz 1949 in Paris he used to live in the French city until his death.
Blue Horizon is a wonderful example of Sidney Bechet's solo play, creating a warm, sentimental and soulful sound. Unmistakable!
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