Sidney Bechet Jazz Classics

Sidney Bechet is a man who should need no introduction to readers of this blog (if you do need an introduction, the NPR jazz profile on him is a good start).

I just happened to pick up a 2 disc Blue Note set featuring Bechet with Bunk Johnson, Sidney de Paris, Meade “Lux” Lewis and others, in various recording sessions 1939-1951. Session details are on the back cover.

For better or worse, it’s not available for download (in the US), so I guess it’s fair game. I present to you, Sidney Bechet Jazz Classics, Vol. 1 & 2 (Blue Note 81201 and 81202). Original transfer by yours truly: Download at Mediafire.

The file size is a bit large (114 Mb) because SOMEBODY at Blue Note thought it would be a good idea to remaster mono recordings into “simulated stereo”. I thought it best to keep it in stereo. MP3s are 16 bit, 192 kbps, but I’ve got the uncompressed WAV files available if you need them. Sample below.

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