SIDNEY BECHET Dear Old Southland Recording Date: June 8, 1939
Personnel: Sidney Bechet SS Meade Lewis P Teddy Bunn G Johnny Williams B Sidney Catlett D
Review by arwulf arwulf Sidney Bechet's first Blue Note period was tapped for this Definitive Classics compilation released in the year 2000. Summertime was not only Bechet's first Blue Note record — it was among the first Blue Note recordings ever made by anybody. This album is a solid core sample of Bechet's best Blue Note sessions, recorded between June 1939 and February 1946. Apparently Bechet's 1949 Blue Notes were deemed unworthy of inclusion here. The magnificent lineup of musicians who did find their way onto this compilation includes trumpeters Sidney de Paris, Max Kaminsky and Bunk Johnson; trombonists Vic Dickenson and George Lugg; clarinetist Albert Nicholas; bassists Pops Foster and Wilson Myers; guitarist Teddy Bunn; pianists Art Hodes and Meade "Lux" Lewis; drummers Danny Alvin, Manzie Johnson and Sid Catlett, and singing guitarist Josh White. True to their name, Definitive Classics has given the world an excellent introduction to the music of Sidney Bechet and traditional jazz in general.