From the Record Shelves #124 - Indian summerFrom the Record Shelves #124 – Indian summer. Sidney Bechet was a genius. Had he stayed with the clarinet and no other instrument he simply would have been the best, agile, expressive and energetic. But he wanted more. Maybe his early experience of (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #115 - High SocietyFrom the Record Shelves #115 – High Society. I have an extensive double CD with the Six and Seven-Eight String Band, but today I play the LP that that was my first encounter with this classic New Orleans group. When you read the line-up of the band (…) read more and listenread more and listen

From the Record Shelves #105 - Yellow Dog BluesFrom the Record Shelves #105 – Yellow Dog Blues. Number three in the Cotton Club series includes some oddities in the house bands book. W. C. Handy’s blues has been interpreted by many and here in 1928 it gets the early Duke Ellington treatment (…) read more and listenread more and listen