Saturday, December 13, 2014

Teddy Wilson - Airmail Special

Teddy visited Europe on several occasions and towards the end of 1967 played in Britain at the Jazz Expo concerts. At the beginning of the following year he toured with the Dave Shepherd Quintet, a unit dedicated to the musical style of the Benny Goodman small group. This album was made during the tour and features the full group on four numbers associated with Goodman, namely Airmail Special, Seven Come Eleven, Avalon and Poor Butterfly. Wilson was, of course, very much at home in this context with Shepherd constructing flowing clarinet phrases and Ronnie Gleaves getting very close to the sound and style of Lionel Hampton. It is due very largely to the presence of Wilson that the unit succeeds in generating such a free-flying swing ; Teddy's careful attention to detail behind the soloists is as noteworthy as his own solo choruses. On Love, Take the 'A' Train and Ain't Misbehavin', Wilson reverts to the trio format with Peter Chapman's bass surging through to good effect on the latter track. It is Chapman alone who assists Teddy on Neal Hefti's charming Li'l Darlin', a reminder that the Wilson programme in latter years often took in new tunes such as Satin Doll and Shiny Stockings. The short medley (Stella by Starlight and Laura) and the attractive film theme Second Time Around together with I'm Thru' with Love are solos in the true sense of the term and prove yet again that Teddy had a strong left hand when it came to taking over the role of rhythm player...
Alun Morgan, from the booklet

Teddy Wilson
Airmail Special


1 Air Mail Special [take 5] (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  4:33
2 Love [take 4] (Blane, Martin)  4:33
3 Medley : Stella by Starlight (Washington, Young)/Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  2:47
4 Seven Come Eleven (Christian, Goodman)  3:42
5 Lil' Darlin' [take 2] (Hefti)  3:36
6 Take the "A" Train [take 2] (Strayhorn)  5:01
7 Avalon (DeSylva, Jolson, Rose)  5:28
8 The Second Time Around (Cahn, Van Heusen)  2:28
9 Poor Butterfly (Golden, Hubbell)  6:38
10 Ain't Misbehavin' [take 1] (Brooks, Razaf, Waller)  2:30
11 I'm Thru With Love (Kahn, Livingston, Malneck)  2:22
12 Air Mail Special [take 4] (Christian, Goodman, Mundy)  4:25


Teddy Wilson - p
Dave Shepherd - cl
Ronnie Gleaves - vb
Peter Chapman - b
Johnny Richardson - dr

Recorded at Chapell Studios, London ; June 18, 1967


Melanchthon said...

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much for the FLAC!

Terry said...

Great music Mel.....thanks.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.