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Treat It Gentle (A Da Capo paperback)

Sidney Bechet

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ISBN 10: 0306800861 / ISBN 13: 9780306800863
Published by Da Capo Press, 1978
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: Treat It Gentle (A Da Capo paperback)

Publisher: Da Capo Press

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: Paperback ed.

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This autobiography was taken down in interviews with John Ciardi and Joan Reid, and put into book form by Desmond Flower. In it, Bechet reacalls his life in music, highlighting his narrative with tales of Sunday afternoon "bucking contests" between black and Creole "musicianers", his deportation from London, and the gunfight that put him in jail in Paris. Unlike most jazz musicians, whose musical lives often end at 40, Bechet remained musically active into his 60s, adapting his style to each successive peak of jazz history, and reaching his peak in the New Orleans Revival of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was a keen observer of the jazz scene and his memoirs feature numerous profiles of the men and women who helped jazz grow and develop: Buddy Bolden, Bessie Smith, Manuel Perez, Clarence Williams, "Duke" Ellington and other jazz personalities.

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Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was one of the most brilliant exponents of New Orleans jazz. A prodigy on the clarinet, he soloed with Bunk Johnson's orchestra at age eleven, was improvising cornet-clarinet duos with Buddy Petit at age fifteen. Leaving New Orleans in the 1920s, Bechet took his Creole sound and spirit to New York, where he adopted the soprano saxophone and soon developed the unique style that marked his special artistry.

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