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SIDNEY BECHET Good Time Jazz 12064 Up A Lazy River ● CD $11.98
Recommended Expanded issue of the 2 LP set "In Memoriam" (Riverside 138/139). The majority of the sides here are from studio sessions that can truly be called All-star, 1 session from '40 & 2 from '49. The 1st is under the name Bechet-Spanier Big 4 with the soprano master doubling on clarinet & joined by Muggsy Spanier (cornet), Carmen Mastern (g) & Duke Ellington's long-time bassist Wellman Braud. Bechet's Circle 7 features such names as Buster Bailey, Walter Page & James P Johnson. The final session has Bechet with his best-known pupil - Bob Wilber's Jazz Band, including Dick Wellstood & Pops Foster. To round out the set are a 2 Bechet appearances on the "This Is Jazz" radio show in '47, 2 tunes with a septet featuring an all-star rhythm section of Johnson, Foster, Danny Baker & baby Dodds which were not on the original LPs, & 2 tunes with the previous rhythm section & Spanier, George Brunnis & Albert Nicholas. (GM)

SIDNEY BECHET JSP JSPCD 933 Pre-War Classic Sides ● CD $28.98
Four CD set with 97 sides devoted to the early recordings of this genius of the clarinet and alto sax. Remastered by the heir to the John R.T. Davies legacy - Ted Kendall.

JIM BEEBE'S CHICAGO JAZZ Delmark 230 A Sultry Serenade ● CD $14.98

BIX BEIDERBECKE Columbia CK 45450 Vol. 1: Singin' The Blues ● CD $12.98

BIX BEIDERBECKE Columbia CK 46175 Bix Beiderbecke, Vol. 2 - At The Jazz Band Ball ● CD $12.98
The second volume of Columbia's Bix on CD series finds our hero (teamed with Frank Trumbauer) making the rounds of the record companies and casually knocking off some of the hottest jazz records of all time. All of the known takes of the Chicago Loopers session are here, released on Pathé, as well as the first sides he did with members of Paul Whiteman's Orchestra. There are also 3 tunes from a recently discovered session with Lou Raderman & His Pelham Heath Inn Orch., originally released on Harmony 78's in 1928. The sound quality on these is noticeably inferior to the other 20 cuts but it's always nice to hear Bix in another context. Of course there are more jazz greats on these tunes than you can shake a cornet at, with one delightful solo after another. Three Blind Mice/ Clorinda/ I'm More Than Satisfied (2 takes each), Jazz Me Blues/ Sugar/ Jubilee , etc. (AE)

BIX BEIDERBECKE Milestone 47019 Bix Beiderbecke & The Chicago Cornets ● CD $18.98
CD reissue of 2 LP set featuring his 15 sides with The Wolverines, plus the 2 tunes by The Sioux City Six done for Gennett (10-10-24) featuring Miff Mole, Tram & Rube Bloom and the 2 Gennett sides by Bix & His Rhythm Jugglers with Tommy Dorsey (1-26-25). To round out the set, there's the remaining 2 Wolverine sides with Jimmy McPartland replacing Bix and 6 of 7 tunes by The Backtown Five with Muggsy Spanier (c) & Volly de Faut (cl) (Gennett - 2-25-24).

LOUIE BELLSON Original Jazz Classics 728 Louis Bellson Explosion ● CD $12.98

LOUIE BELLSON Original Jazz Classics 802 With Blue Mitchell ● CD $12.98

LOUIE BELLSON Original Jazz Classics 825 Cool Cool Blue ● CD $12.98

TONY BENNETT Columbia C4K 46843 Forty Years: The Artistry Of Tony Bennett ● CD $54.98
4 CD box that takes a fond look back at Bennett's lengthy career. 87 selections chosen by the singer himself, with his own commentary on each song in the 64-page booklet. All your favorites, including A Taste Of Honey/ Fly Me To The Moon/ I Left My Heart In San Francisco/ The Good Life/ The Shadow Of Your Smile/ Who Can I Turn To and more mellow memorables.

TONY BENNETT & BILL EVANS Original Jazz Classics 439 Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album ● CD $12.98

GEORGE BENSON Original Jazz Classics 461 New Boss Guitar ● CD $12.98

THE BENSON ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO Archeophone 6001 Volume 1, 1920-1921 ● CD $14.98
26 tracks by one of the most important of the early Chicago dance bands to make records. Line up includes piano, trumpet, trombone, three saxophones, violin, banjo, drums and occasional xylophone. 28 page booklet has extensive notes, biographies of the individual musicians and photos.

ANDY BEY Evidence 22162 Ballads, Blues & Bey ● CD $14.98
10 Tracks, 70 min, recommended I've been playing this one non-stop. A fantastic return to the studio by vocalist/pianist Andy Bey who was last heard in the '70's with Horace Silver, Max Roach and Gary Bartz. Here, Bey takes on the standards, with a slight emphasis on Ellington and Gershwin. His vocal style is best described as Luther Vandross-meets-Carmen McRae (who, incidentally, is one of the artist's idols). All of Bey's renditions are sultry and heart-felt, but also very intelligently done. And he is a fantastic keyboardist. For all of you who like listening to Nat "King" Cole and Billie Holiday, this disc is one of the best of the new jazz releases. 'Nuff said. (PL)

BARNEY BIGARD & ART HODES Delmark 211 Bucket's Got A Hole In It ● CD $14.98
1968 recordings featuring these two veteran musicians.

EUBIE BLAKE Biograph BCD 112 Memories Of You ● CD $16.98
15 new recordings of vintage piano rolls written by the legendary Eubie Blake. Most date from 1915-1921.

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