Sidney Bechet in Switzerland / en Suisse


Limited Collector's Edition, numbered from 1 to 2000

Best Reissue Award - Académie du Jazz (France)
Choc - Jazz Magazine
Jazz Journal
(U.K.): *****
Le Temps
(Switzerland): *****


Sidney Bechet in Switzerland

On May 14, 1949, during a now legendary concert, Sidney Bechet celebrated his 52nd birthday on the stage of the Victoria Hall in Geneva. On May 14, 1959, he passed away at his home in Garches, near Paris.

During the intervening 10 years, Sidney Bechet would leave the United States to settle in Europe, and would enjoy unprecedented popularity.

He also maintained a priviledged relationship with Switzerland, to the extent that he considered settling on the shores of Lake Geneva, where he had made friends.

It is to that little known part of Sidney Bechet's story that this box set is dedicated.

Limited Collector's Edition Boxed Set, numbered from 1 to 2000

216 page Art Book + 4 CDs

presented in a slipcase with hot-stamped gold printing, including:

  • A 216-page hardcover art book,
    format 12" x 12"
    • Approx. 250 photos and 140 documents, all rare or previously unseen.
    • Bilingual essay (English/French) by his biographers Fabrice Zammarchi with the collaboration of Roland Hippenmeyer. English version by Jennifer Gay.
    • Previously unpublished interviews with his Swiss friends.
    • Forewords by his son Daniel Sidney Bechet, his student Bob Wilber, and his road manager Claude Wolff.

  • 4 CDs of rare or unreleased recordings
    preserved and restored from the best surviving audio sources, and high definition mastering.
    • Over 4 hours and 15 minutes of concerts, radio shows, and interviews from the vaults of Radio-Genève, Radio-Lausanne, and various private sources.
    • An exclusive code for a free download in 24 bits / 96 kHz Hi-Res Audio*
      *Valid only in the 18 countries where Qobuz is currently available: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.

This project was notably produced with the support of the City of Geneva, the Republic and canton of Geneva, the City of Lancy, and Pozzoli SpA.

All benefits from the sale of this Collector's Edition will be used for future projects in favor of the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of recorded music heritage.

CD 1

Victoria Hall, Geneva, 1949

  1. CD1-01Introduction,
    by Loys Choquart
  2. CD1-02Sweet Georgia Brown
  3. CD1-03Summertime
  4. CD1-04Muskrat Ramble
  5. CD1-05Tin Roof Blues
  6. CD1-06High Society
  7. CD1-07Sidney Bechet's Birthday,
    by Loys Choquart
  8. CD1-08Weary Blues
  9. CD1-09Blues in the Air
  10. CD1-10Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll
  11. CD1-11Southern Sunset (excerpt)
  12. CD1-12Careless Love
  13. CD1-13Wild Cat Blues

Interview Radio-Genève, 1954
Oh, Didn't He Ramble?

  1. CD1-14Interview Sidney Bechet,
    by Loys Choquart
  2. CD1-15Oh, Didn’t He Ramble? – Jelly Roll
    Morton’s New Orleans Jazzmen

CD 2

Grand Casino, Geneva, 1954
Chacun son tour – Radio-Genève

  1. CD2-01Introduction and interview,
    by Georges Hardy
  2. CD2-02Honeysuckle Rose
  3. CD2-03Saint Louis Blues

Maison du Peuple, Lausanne, 1949
Swing-Sérénade - Radio-Lausanne

  1. Theme Music
  2. CD2-05Introduction,
    by Raymond Colbert
  3. CD2-06Royal Garden Blues
  4. CD2-07Summertime
  5. CD2-08Oh! Lady Be Good!
  6. CD2-09When the Sun Sets Down South
  7. CD2-10Muskrat Ramble
  8. CD2-11September Song
  9. CD2-12Blues in the Air
  10. CD2-13Saint Louis Blues
  11. Conclusion,
    by Raymond Colbert
  12. Theme Music

Interview Radio-Lausanne, 1951

  1. CD2-16Interview Claude Luter and Sidney Bechet,
    by Marie-Claude Leburgue

CD 3

Kongresshaus, Zurich, 1955
Chacun son tour – Radio-Genève

  1. CD3-01Introduction,
    by Georges Hardy
  2. CD3-02Royal Garden Blues
  3. CD3-03On the Sunny Side of the Street
  4. CD3-04Saint Louis Blues

Victoria Hall, Geneva, 1951

  1. CD3-05American Rhythm
  2. CD3-06When the Saints Come Marching Home
  3. CD3-07Saint Louis Blues
  4. CD3-08Casey Jones
  5. CD3-09Blues in G
  6. CD3-10Basin Street Blues
  7. CD3-11Royal Garden Blues
  8. CD3-12Love for Sale
  9. CD3-13Society Blues

Interview Radio-Lausanne, 1953
La nuit est une sorcière

  1. CD3-14Interview Sidney Bechet, Jacques Bazire and André Coffrant,
    by Raymond Barthe
  2. CD3-15La mère, par un autre moyen, veut réussir là où le père a échoué (excerpt)
  3. CD3-16La danse du Noir (excerpt)
  4. CD3-17La fiancée embellit le grenier (excerpt)
  5. CD3-18Interview Rushes (unaired)

CD 4

Théâtre Beaulieu, Lausanne, 1958
Soir de gala – Radio-Lausanne

  1. CD4-01American Rhythm
  2. CD4-02Royal Garden Blues
  3. CD4-03Down by the Old Mill Stream

Cinéma Arlequin, Sion, 1958

  1. CD4-04Saint Louis Blues
  2. CD4-05Pennies from Heaven
  3. CD4-06Les Oignons

Private Concert, Geneva, 1954

  1. CD4-07Introduction, by Sidney Bechet and Bernard Wagnière
  2. CD4-08Muskrat Ramble
  3. CD4-09Summertime
  4. CD4-10Honeysuckle Rose
  5. CD4-11La Complainte des Infidèles
  6. CD4-12Royal Garden Blues
  7. CD4-13Basin Street Blues

4 CDs splendides! […] qualité exceptionnelle d’une plage à l’autre. […] recherche documentaire et iconographique sans précédent
Libé (France)

The most sumptuous music album I have ever seen […]
Jazz Journal (Great Britain)

Si tratta dell'oggetto più bello e impressionante pubblicato negli ultimi anni nel mondo del jazz.
Musica Jazz (Italia)

Diese mit sehr viel Liebe und grossen Sachverstand zusammengestellte Box [...] ist eine grossartige Widmung
Jazz Podium (Deutschland)

Excellent 4CD […] exceptional production [...] unparalleled collection of photos and memorabilia
Jazz Wise (Great Britain)

Un mastering irréprochable […] incomparable valeur documentaire des interviews radiophoniques [...]
Jazz Magazine (France)

Un coffret somptueux […] qui va très vite devenir un collector recherché.
Salon littéraire (France)

Un document d’une richesse musicale singulière […]
Le Courrier (Suisse)

Remarquable, le travail éditorial […] est à la hauteur du contenu musical.
L’Humanité.fr (France)

La musique est tout simplement magnifique […], un magnifique livre, fourmillant de documents incroyables
Jazz Hot (France)

Rien que pour cette splendide iconographie, ce coffret mériterait l'acquisition
Bulletin du Hot Club de France (France)

Cet ouvrage édition numérotée de 1 à 2000, a fait l’unanimité parmi ceux qui ont pu le découvrir
Couleurs Jazz (France)

Un document sans précédent pour alimenter de manière exhaustive le culte rendu à l’un des inventeurs du jazz.
24 heures (Suisse)

Un véritable bijou sonore […] l’exhumation et la publication des concerts du jazzman […] relève du miracle de Noël.
Le Temps (Suisse)

L’ingénieur du son David Hadzis a fait des miracles pour restituer le souffle de Bechet.
Le Temps (Suisse)

Des enregistrements inédits [...] de véritables perles sonores […]
Tribune de Genève (Suisse)

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