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“Wild Cat Blues” – Clarence Williams Blue Five (1923)
Although Sidney Bechet has recorded in 1920 and 1921 as well, his first official recording came from a session with Clarence Williams’ Blue Five in New York on July 30, 1923. Together with cornetist Tom Morris, trombonist John Mayfield, Clarence Williams piano and Buddy Christian they recorded just two tunes. The Wild Cat Blues became a popular feature for Bechet. He recorded the tune again in 1947 and 1949.
It had a big impact on the revival world. Claude Luter did it on record again and later Monty Sunshine with the Chris Barber Band made it into a tophit. Even today, many of the better revival bands have this great piece in their repertoire.