I’ve Found A New Baby – 1958
Bechet leads a top-notch French band on a hot number
Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was not only a master of the soprano-sax but recorded the first significant horn solos by a jazz musician, predating Louis Armstrong by a few months in 1923.
A powerful and dominant player throughout his career, Bechet was still in excellent form in 1958 when he appeared at the Cannes Jazz Festival.
A major celebrity in France after moving there from the U.S. in 1949, Bechet always put on stirring performances.
Propelled by the drumming of Poumy Arnaud and backed by the supportive bass playing of Georges “Zozo” D’Halluin, there are fine solos by pianist Yannick Saint-Gery, Reweliotty on clarinet, trombonist Jean-Louis Durand, and trumpeter Roland Hug while Bechet leads the backing horns with a series of riffs.
As a climax, the great Sidney Bechet with his glorious sound takes a solo of his own.