Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Teddy Wilson and His Sextet (New York, June 1945)

Teddy Wilson was the premier pianist of the swing era. He played with all the giants of the period, Benny Goodman, Billy Holiday, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, to name just a few. He was also a pioneer in that he was probably one of the first black musicians to play in an integrated band (the Benny Goodman quartet which also included Lionel Hampton) in public. His style of playing was a distinct break from the Stride pianists that came before him. The stride players used the left hand as a timekeeper, and although not nearly as strict or rigid as rag time, that steady "right on the beat" sort of feel was still very present.
Wilson broke away from this by dispensing with the "stride", in other words the action of hitting a low, single bass note on 1 and 3 then moving up to the midrange of the piano to hit chords on 2 and 4 (with occasional reversals of this scheme for varieties sake). Teddy Wilson instead played 10ths with his left hand, oftentimes omitting the roots so that he could walk up and down the keyboard in half steps and whole steps. With this technique he was able to create bass lines similar to what an actual bass player would do.
He was known for being a very elegant, smooth player. His touch was very light and fluid and he utilized the full range of the keyboard.

Source : http://www.blues-and-jazz-piano.com/teddy-wilson.html

Teddy Wilson
and His
(New York June 1945)


1 How High the Moon (Hamilton, Lewis) 3:22
2 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton) 2:52
3 Dinah (Akst, Lewis, Young) 2:54
4 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Razaf, Sampson, Webb) 2:29
5 I Surrender, Dear (Barris, Clifford) 3:03
6 I Know That You Know (Caldwell, Youmans) 1:56
7 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (Daugherty, Neiburg, Reynolds) 2:55
8 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams) 2:23
9 It's the Talk of the Town (Livingston, Neiburg, Symes) 3:24
10 Flying Home (Goodman, Hampton, Robin) 3:13


Teddy Wilson - p
Charlie Shavers - tp
Red Norvo - vb
Remo Palmieri - g
Al Hall - b
Specs Powell - dr

Recorded in New York City ; May-June, 1945


Melanchthon said...


5 cents said...

Thank you Mel. Very nice.

Luis said...

Thanks. It seems they are from Musicraft sides

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

pedro gamundi said...


Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

teddywilson said...

Thanks and congratulations for your blog but I could not open the file without a password. Where is it ?
Thanks in advance