“Wild Cat Blues” – Clarence Williams’ Blue Five (1923)

Okeh; New York, July 30, 1923: Thomas Morris-c/John Mayfield-tb/Sidney Bechet-ss/Clarence Williams-p/Buddy Christian-bj.

 

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Sidney Bechet; New York, 1947: Photo source.

Sidney Bechet–the man behind that visceral, growling, vibrato sound of the soprano sax.

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Sidney Bechet; 1939: Photo/film clip from the Guardian.

 

 

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“Jackass Blues” – Clarence Williams Stompers (1926)

Okeh; New York, April 7, 1926: Bubber Miley-Thomas Morris-c/Unknown, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton-tb/Don Redman-cl-as/Clarence Williams-p/Leroy Harris or Buddy Christian-bj/Unknown bb.

Clarence Williams: publisher, composer, musician, actor, entrepreneur…the¬†list¬†goes on. Here he is at age 33.