Sidney Bechet...

...well, I'm fresh back from my journey... absolutely wonderful drive down I-24 from Chattanooga towards Nashville... then, onto I-64 to Winchester... beautiful country... the weather was incredible... Middle Tennessee... near the Alabama border.... Cotton Fields.... Antebellum houses... and, Sidney Bechet sounding out the Bose... one helluva a pleasant drive... both ways...

...for those of you cretins who haven't had the pleasure of ole Sid, let me attempt to educate y'all a little.... Mr. Bechet was born in New Orleans in 1897… by the age of 11, he was playing with Bunk Johnson’s Eagle Band… with permission from his Mother, he played the infamous Storyville clubs up until meeting King Oliver at the tender age of 16… later, he became King among the New Orleans clarinet and soprano sax players…

THIS, for instance… is one of my favorites… Blues in Thirds is the name… and, for your listening enjoyment… I give you… Blues in the Air… an incredible piece of early Jazz…. But, my all time Bechet fav is Texas Moaner Blues…. Listen to it, children.… as I discovered on a two lane road flanked by cotton fields, Bechet was in touch with God…. and God loves the soprano sax….

by Eric on April 02, 2004 | Comments(3) | SWG Stories

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Blues, blues, you're giving me the freakin' blues !

posted by: siso on April 2, 2004 11:26 PM

..sorry, Sis... not my intention at all... that music just takes me back to a different time...

posted by: Eric on April 3, 2004 04:56 AM

Read John Chilton's book about Sidney for insight. Leonard Bechet's cd is great also...

posted by: Bob on April 16, 2004 09:47 AM