Sidney Bechet – Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me (1951)

Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me is recorded November 5, 1951 and appears on The Fabulous Sidney Bechet. Bechet was in his twilight years at the time of these recordings, and still his soprano sax playing is extremely forceful, cutting through the six-piece ensembles like a beacon, loud as anything yet devoid of stridency. The music is old-school New Orleans swing, and this at a time … Continue reading Sidney Bechet – Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me (1951)

Bud Powell – Un Poco Loco (1949)

Un Poco Loco [Alternate Take No. 2] (English translation: “A Little Crazy”) is recorded on May the 1st, 1951 and appears on the album The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 1 from 1955. While the song “Un Poco Loco” has been identified as musically outstanding, it has also been discussed as culturally significant. According to Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop, although Afro-Cuban jazz had been introduced … Continue reading Bud Powell – Un Poco Loco (1949)

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Jam With Sam (1951)

Recorded May 10, 1951, Columbia recording session, New York City. Columbia 39670. Nelson Williams, Andres Meringuito, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker (t) / Ray Nance (t,vl,v) / Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, Juan Tizol (tb) / Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts) / Russell Procope (cl,as) / Willie Smith (as) / Paul Gonsalves (ts) / Harry Carney (cl,as,bar) / Duke Ellington (p,tk) / Wendell Marshall (sb) / Louis Bellson (d)   Continue reading Duke Ellington and His Orchestra – Jam With Sam (1951)