Sidney Bechet was an incomparably lyrical instrumentalist, with a supreme harmonic sensitivity. His Creole roots certainly
contibuted to his special sense of melodic ornamentation and his vivid, feverish sound quality. His exceptional vibrato and his
mastery of breathing allowed him to develop a language both colourful and emotional going straight to the heart of his
audience.A difficult, almost dictatorial character, Bechet was never happier than when he was dominating his accompanists.
This desire for power is no doubt at the root of his extraordinary dynamism. A confirmed autodidact who could not even read
music, he nevertheless scaled the heights, thanks to his sensitivity, musical memory and exceptional ear.