Thursday, February 7, 2013

Teddy Charles - A Word from Bird

This Koch reissue brings to light a forgotten 1957 Atlantic session from vibraphonist Teddy Charles. Although much of this material falls under the category of cool jazz, the leadoff and title track "Word From Bird" features a full ensemble and caused some controversy for its third stream approach. Commissioned for the Stuttgart Light-Music Festival in 1956, the festival directors ended up rejecting it, insisting it was too musically advanced and serious for a "light music" festival. The swinging uptempo Bob Brookmeyer composition "Show Time" features admirable soloing from Charles, Hal Stein on alto, Robert Newman on tenor, trumpeter Art Farmer, and Jimmy Raney on guitar. The four remaining tracks feature the rhythm section only with Hall Overton on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Ed Shaughnessy on drums. Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," a haunting version of "Laura," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and the midtempo "Blue Greens" lazily gallops along with Mingus receiving ample solo space. Word From Bird is an enjoyable reissue.
Al Campbell

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Teddy Charles
A Word from Bird


1 Word from Bird (Charles) 10:08
2 Laura (Mercer, Raksin) 5:01
3 Show Time (Brookmeyer) 6:08
4 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan) 2:29
5 Just One of Those Things (Porter) 5:59
6 Blue Greens (Charles) 11:39

[# 1]
Teddy Charles - vb
Art Farmer - tp
Eddie Bert - tb
Jim Buffington - fr hrn
Don Butterfeld - tub
Hal Stein - as
Robert Newman - ts
George Barrow - bs
Hall Overton - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Addison Farmer - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr
[# 3]
Same as above, except
Eddie Bert & Jim Buffington do not appear
[# 2, 4-6]
Teddy Charles - vb
Hall Overton - p
Charlie Mingus - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr

Recorded 1957


L.O.L. said...

Thanks Mel=)

LaroSwing said...

Merci merci merci!

neil said...

Thank you for some more Teddy Charles...

ita diegues said...

Thank you MElanchthon.

theblueamos said...

thank you for thisvery lovely cd all the best from jerusalem

Jaffa said...

Totally new to me - and very welcome. Many thanks, indeed !

yewsta said...

Thank you, Mel

duck said...

wonderful, thanks Mel. from an old Vibes player

powerhouse said...

Thanks for this one, Mel - a great neglected recording!
But there seems to be a bit of a glitch at 7:13 on the title track. Wonder if you'd mind uploading a new copy at some point...?

Leopold said...

zappa91 said...

Unfortunately, passwords aren't workin for this one!

Darrek said...

password is:bloom

desperado said...

great post mel , thanks . have big request . would you please re- up

- jimmy smith trio + lou donaldson

- zoot sims plays four altos

thanks in advance and all the best.

greenishthing said...

wonderful!! many thanks

klakadak said...

Thanks so much for this one! Finally figured out where the last four songs on CD1 of Mingus' "Passion of a Man, The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1956-1961" are coming from :)

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks again.