Thursday, June 6, 2013

Teddy Edwards - Sunset Eyes

Teddy Edwards, who took part in classic tenor battles with Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray in Los Angeles during the mid-to-late 1940's, has been a major tenorman ever since. However, his decision to live in L.A. has resulted in him being greatly underrated through the years. Fortunately the superior hard bop tenor (who showed that there was more than just cool jazz being played on the West Coast in the 1950) has recorded on a fairly frequent basis throughout his career. This CD reissue brings back music from 1959-60 with Edwards joined by either Amos Trice, Joe Castro or Ronnie Ball on piano, Leroy Vinnegar or Ben Tucker on bass and Billy Higgins or Al Levitt on drums. Edwards, an underrated composer, performs six of his originals (including his most famous composition "Sunset Eyes" and two versions of "Takin' Off"), Vinnegar's "Vintage '57" and a pair of standards. Although there are short solos for Castro and Vinnegar, the focus throughout is on the leader's distinctive and likable tenor. Since the great Teddy Edwards never recorded an uninspiring record (even the three previously unreleased numbers included here are excellent), this CD is easily recommended to fans of straightahead jazz.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Teddy Edwards
Sunset Eyes


1 Tempo de Blues (Edwards) 4:43
2 Vintage '57 (Vinnegar) 7:09
3 I Hear a Rhapsody (Baker, Fragos, Gasparre) 3:29
4 Up in Teddy's New Flat (Edwards) 3:03
5 Sunset Eyes (Edwards) 5:24
6 Teddy's Tune (Edwards) 6:08
7 Takin' Off (Edwards) 6:30
8 The New Symphony Sid [#/*] (Pleasure) 2:12
9 My Kinda Blues [#/*] (Edwards) 5:08
10 Takin' Off [#/*] (Edwards) 2:28

Teddy Edwards - ts
Ronnie Ball - p [# 1]
Amos Trice - p [# 3, 8-10]
Joe Castro - p [# 2, 4-7]
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Ben Tucker - p [# 1]
Billy Higgins - dr
Al Levitt - p [# 1]

Recorded in Los Angeles ; August 16, 1959, [# 1] ; mid 1960 [# 3, 8-10] & August 16, 1960 [# 2, 4-7].


vascodela2 said...

Melanchton : my way of understand music is so much like yours. It is beautiful to jump between the classics and his rules to Teddy Edwards. Good music is one.

jazzmusician said...

merci bien.

moha said...

I've heard him on Falcon's Lair session, nice to meet again...thx!

Anonymous said...

This is a gem,thank you for share!

Anonymous said...

This is a gem,thank you for share!

Melanchthon said...

Tibau said...

Thanks a lot.!!
Big hug

Vancouver said...

Thanks for the Teddy.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

Eric said...

Any chance of a re-up of this. Thanks

woolfnotes said...

Seconded (re-up please!)

woolfnotes said...

Seonded! (re-up please)