Andy Leggett
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Tiger Tunes UK TTCD 01

The Fish Seller | As tu le Cafard? | Dans les Rues d'Antibes | I Keep Calling Your Name | Buddy Bolden Stomp | Refrain for Jane | The Coffee Grinder | I had it but it's all gone now | Petite Fleur | Viper Mad | Pussy Willow Blues | The Onions | Southern Sunset | Old Stack O'Lee Blues | Cé Moissieu Qui Parlé | Gentle treatment

Total running time: 59:53 min | Audio samples (as MP3) bold
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English Session in July 1996 at Christchurch Studios, Bristol/UK

Andy Leggett Dave Collett Dave Hibberd Geoff Miller

German Sessions in February 2001 at COMA Media GmbH, Dormagen/D

Achim Sturm Andy Leggett Bommel Bleek Clive Fenton
Jörg Möller Matthias Seuffert Sean Moyses Uwe Rössler

The Making of "Shades of Bechet"

Since 1996 Andy Leggett has worked in Germany as the clarinet/sax player in the Rod Mason Hot Five.

The two "Shades of Bechet" CDs however are Andy's own tribute to one of the great New Orleans instrumentalists.

Sidney Bechet wrote (or in a few cases claimed to have written) at least 120 tunes.

The first CD contains 16 tracks, 12 of which are Bechet's own. In addition, "The Coffee Grinder" which he claimed
as his, was in fact based on the "Rubber Plant Rag" by Geo. L. Cobb, published in 1909 when Bechet was 12.
There are also 3 tracks written and arranged by Andy Leggett, featuring Bechet-style clarinet and soprano sax.

One of these, "Pussy Willow Blues" highlights the distinctive rolling piano of Dave Collett, composer of
Acker Bilk's "Summer Set". The remaining tracks, recorded in Dormagen Germany in 2000/2001, were arranged
over a three-year period. They display the improvisational and reading talents of outstanding German and
English musicians, brought together as a studio band especially for the CD.

The second CD containsa further 17 tracks, 15 of which are Bechet compositions. In addition, the 12 bar
"Blues In Thirds" is credited to Earl Hines but owes much to Bechet's three immortal chorusses.
There is one more Leggett original – "Montserrat". Like the former CD, "Shades of Bechet #2" was recorded
in the COMA Media Studio, Dormagen/Germany, and features an 8 piece Anglo-German band.