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Sidney Bechet - Tin Roof Blues (1949)

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Tin Roof Blues - Sidney Bechet's Blue Note Jazzmen
Recorded January 21, 1949 on Bluenote 561

Sidney Bechet - soprano saxophone
Wild Bill Davison, cornet
Art Hodes, piano
Walter Page, bass
Fred Moore, drums

Tin Roof Blues was first recorded by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Richmond, Indiana, in 1923. Named for The Tin Roof Cafe at Washington Street and Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans.

Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans in 1897 and was a child prodigy on the clarinet and soon surpassed his teachers and even as a child, he was playing with some of the top bands in New Orleans. At the age of 20, he arrived in Chicago and played with King Oliver and in 1919 he was touring Europe where he was a great sensation. It was in London that he bought his first soprano saxophone. Back in the United States, he began his recording career and worked with Clarence Williams, Louis Armstrong, Nobel Sissle, and even had a short stint with Duke Ellington.

It was in Europe that he achieved his greatest success and where eventually made his home, but he never forgot the New Orleans tradition that nurtured and inspired him. Bechet died in Paris, France, on his 62nd birthday, May 14, 1959.

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