TREAT IT GENTLE by Sidney Bechet


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When Sidney Bechet died in 1959 his name conjured up an image that stood for everything that was courage in the world of jazz. Bechet, who had played before royalty and the carriage trade and the weak and the humble and depression-poor people who could hardly pay their way into the club where he'd be performing, knew America in the same deep inner way that he knew his horn. His own words, captured intact as a labor of love by faithful friends with tape recorders, have been transcribed in a book that glows with his spirit. David Stone Martin's photos show Bechet in company with some of the jazz greats of all time. David Mylne's careful catalog of all known Bechet recordings (including unreleased material) brings back many familiar titles. The market for this book is as broad as jazz itself.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1960
Publisher: Hill & Wang