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Sidney Bechet & Mezz Mezzrow: The King Jazz Records Story

Read "The King Jazz Records Story" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Three decades before Norman Mailer in 1957 drew attention to the social phenomenon of the “white negro," Mezz Mezzrow claimed to be just that. To use his own terminology, he was “a voluntary negro."

Actually an American Jew, he played clarinet in the 1930s and 40s, often, as here, alongside Sidney Bechet. He ...