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5198Re: [RedHotJazz] Bechet & Bir

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  • Nick Dellow
    Jan 29, 2008
      Not only did Parker meet Bechet at the International Jazz Festival held in
      Paris but they also jammed together on the aptly named "Farewell Blues"
      finale of May 15th 1949. Miles Davis and Don Byas were also present - what a
      line up! The results are interesting if rather messy in the usual jam
      session way; both Bechet and Parker solo of course.

      I also have an acetate recording from the festival in which Parker is
      interviewed and talks about Bechet. He doesn't say anything earth
      shattering, but states that there is room for both traditional and bop in
      the jazz world. Pity the fans didn't agree!

      There is a nice photo of Bechet and Parker together on the same bus, taken
      at this time.


      On 29/01/2008, Robert Greenwood <robertgreenwood_54uk@...> wrote:
      > I don't think we need ever take the jazz writings of the poet Philip
      > Larkin at all seriously, especially since, in the introductory essay to
      > his much vaunted collection "All What Jazz", he suggests that towards
      > the end of his life Charlie Parker's playing showed signs
      > of "improving", possibly, in Larkin's view, as a result of Parker
      > having met Sidney Bechet at the International Jazz Festival held in
      > Paris in May of 1949. Bechet, Larkin says, was always willing to
      > instruct the young. Quite why Larkin, who, in asserting the primacy of
      > Bechet over Parker was probably trying, mischievously, to make some
      > hackles rise, could so confidently assert that Bechet and Bird had not
      > met before the Paris festival is not made clear. However, if anyone out
      > there chooses to listen to the recording session Bechet made in London
      > with the Humphrey Lyttelton Band on 13th November 1949, six months
      > after his Parisian encounter with Parker, about two minutes into When
      > It's Sleepy Time Down South they will hear Bechet play a very Bird-like
      > phrase.
      > Robert Greenwood.

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