Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Teddy Charles Nonet & Tentet

Teddy Charles is a true rarity : a jazz musician who largely retired from the business. A skillful if not overly distinctive vibraphonist and (early in his career) quite capable on piano and drums, Charles was as important for his open-minded approach in the 1950s toward more advanced sounds as he was for his playing. He moved to New York to study percussion at Juilliard in 1946, but instead became involved in the jazz world. He had short stints with the big bands of Randy Brooks, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Buddy DeFranco, and Chubby Jackson from 1948-1951 and then played with combos headed by Anita O'Day, Oscar Pettiford, Roy Eldridge, and Slim Gaillard. He also became a member of the Jazz Composers' Workshop (1953-1955) along with Charles Mingus and Teo Macero, opening his style up to the influences of classical music and freer improvising. Charles, who recorded with Mingus, Miles Davis, and Wardell Gray, among many others, began leading his own stimulating record dates in 1951, and by 1953 he was also working as a record producer, a field that took much more of his time from 1956 on. He led his own sessions for Prestige, Atlantic, Savoy, Jubilee, Bethlehem (where he produced around 40 records, mostly for other artists), and Warwick from 1951-1960, but was hardly heard from in the 1960s, other than a 1963 set for United Artists. Charles relocated to the Caribbean, where he opened a sailing business. After participating in a 1980 jam session, he eventually moved back to New York, making a "comeback" record for Soul Note in 1988, but still remaining semi-retired from music.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/teddy-charles-p6266/biography

Teddy Charles
Nonet & Tentet
[Complete Recordings]


1 Vibrations (Waldron)  6:18
2 The Quiet Time (Giuffre)  5:55
3 The Emperor (Charles)  8:10
4 Nature Boy (Ahbez)  6:26
5 Green Blues (Charles)  4:11
6 You Go To My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  4:30
7 Lydian M-1 (Russell)  4:29
8 Word From Bird (Charles)  10:09
9 Show Time (Brookmeyer)  6:06
10 Sheherazade Blue (Rimsky-Korsakov)  3:48
11 Love For Three Oranges March (Prokofiev)  2:20
12 Borodin Bossa Nova (Borodin)  3:38
13 Dance Arabe (Tchaikovsky)  2:48
14 Lullaby Russe (Khachaturian)  4:25
15 Etude (Prokofiev)  3:13


Personnel [# 2, 4 & 6]
Teddy Charles - vb
Art Farmer - tp
Gigi Gryce - as
J. R. Monterose - ts
George Barrow - bs
Don Butterfield - tub
Mal Waldron - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Joe Harris - dr
Recorded 1956
[# 1, 3 & 7]
Same as above except Sol Schlinger - bs replaces Barrow Recorded January 17, 1956
[# 8-9]
Teddy Charles - vb
Art Farmer - tp
Eddie Bert - tb [# 8 only]
Jimmy Buffington - frhrn
[# 8 only]
Don Butterfield - tub
Hal Stein - as
Robert Newman - ts
George Barrow - bs
Hall Overton - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Addison Farmer - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr
Recorded New York ; October 23, 1956
[# 10-12]
Teddy Charles - vb
Jerome Richardson - fl & ts
Zoot Sims - ts
Eric Dolphy - b cl
Pepper Adams - bs
Hall Overton - p
Jimmy Raney - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded New York ; April 23 or 26, 1963
[# 13-15]
Teddy Charles - vb
Jerome Richardson - fl & ts
Jimmy Giuffre - cl & ts
Tommy Newsom - b cl
Pepper Adams - bs
Hank Jones - p
Jim Hall - g
Teddy Kotick - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded New York ; May 6, 1963


Blue Eyes said...

Wow! fabulous post, thank you very much Mel for these complete recordings!

Francesca Paolucci said...

I like Miles Davis' 'Blue Moods' album a lot, and it's actually a Teddy Charles album: he plays on all tracks and arranged them all but one (that was arranged by Charles Mingus, who played bass on the album)

Telecaster Road said...

I would like to help you out.

I have albums I could send. Or contibute with adonation. Let me know.

skkalt said...

This is a milestone in jazz, thanks!

Scoredaddy said...

wow, what a post! thanks

Cavalo de Tróia said...

Thank you for posting this album. I´m a huge fan of Eric Dolphy and i´ve never heard about that. The problem is: what´s the password?

desperado said...


Peter said...


Thx Mel!

deGallo said...

Thank you. Great!

Peter said...

Mel thank you very much for all nice music !!! Could you please re-UP Teddy Charles ?? What a pity doesn't work...
Thank you again. Peter

jazzfan1 said...

File not found.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Nice! Thanks Mel.

rambert said...

Found this when checking "Zoot Sims" tags. Never heard of Teddy Charles before, but it sounds fantastic. Thanks for the share and the education!

carlo87 said...

Thank you for all these magnificent Giuffre's releases!!!

GooberMC said...

I have three files and 7zip won't split it "cant find files to split"
Ive trid HJsplitter to join and it just left me with a 180 meg file
wtf, do i have to rename this?
Ive tried renaming each to 7z.001 7z.002 and still didnt work

Melanchthon said...


gullo said...

WOW! Thank you! I can't believe this lineup!

DEEP said...


Kovina Kris said...

Great post Mel!

footman said...

I do not say Thank You enough. Leon

Porer said...

Thank you very much

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

lex said...

Thank you very much!

WOODY said...

Extraordinary album of fine vibes-jazz, very much appreciated, so thank's for this real treasure!

jazzfan1 said...

Thanks for re-upping these.

Any chance you have some later Teddy Charles -- Dances With Bulls, Live at the Verona Jazz Festival?