Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Teddy Wilson Trios

Teddy Wilson was the definitive swing pianist, a solid and impeccable soloist whose smooth and steady style was more accessible to the general public than Earl Hines or Art Tatum. He picked up early experience playing with Speed Webb in 1929 and appearing on some Louis Armstrong recordings in 1933. Discovered by John Hammond, Willie joined Benny Carter's band and recorded with the Chocolate Dandies later that year. In 1935, he began leading a series of classic small-group recordings with swing all-stars which on many occasions featured Billie Holiday. That was also the year that an informal jam session with Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa resulted in the formation of the Benny Goodman Trio (Lionel Hampton made the group a quartet the following year). Although he was a special added attraction rather than a regular member of the orchestra, Wilson's public appearances with Goodman broke important ground in the long struggle against segregation.
Between his own dates, many recordings with Benny Goodman's small groups and a series of piano solos, Teddy Wilson recorded a large number of gems during the second half of the 1930s. He left B.G. in 1939 to form his own big band but, despite some fine records, it folded in 1940. Wilson led a sextet at Cafe Society during 1940-1944, taught music at Juilliard during the summers of 1945-1952, appeared on radio shows, and recorded regularly with a trio, as a soloist and with pick-up groups in addition to having occasional reunions with Goodman. Teddy Wilson's style never changed, and he played very similar in 1985 to how he sounded in 1935 ; no matter, the enthusiasm and solid sense of swing were present up until the end.
Scott Yanow

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Teddy Wilson
Two Trios
Feat. Benny Carter & Jo Jones


1 Unforgettable (Gordon)  3:01
2 Almost Like Being in Love (Loewe, Lerner)  2:30
3 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  5:05
4 If Dreams Come True (Mills, Sampson, Goodman)  3:02
5 Don't Be that Way (Goodman, Parish, Sampson)  3:03
6 Stompin' at the Savoy (Goodman, Webb, Sampson, Razaf)  3:11
7 Our Love is Here To Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:36
8 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, Tobias, Lemare)  3:00
9 Little Girl Blue (Rodgers, Hart)  3:52
10 June in January (Rainger, Robin)  4:18
11 Jeepers Creepers (Warren, Mercer)  3:41
12 Rosetta (Hines, Woode, Nicholls)  5:41
13 Birth of the Blues (DeSylva, Ballantine, Brown, Henderson)  4:13
14 When Your Lover Has Gone (Swan)  4:05
15 The Moon is Low (Brown, Freed)  5:02
16 This Love of Mine (Sinatra, Parker, Sanicola)  2:58


[# 1-8]
Teddy Wilson - p
Milt Hinton - b
Sticks Evans - dr
Recorded in New York ; June 3, 1954
[# 9-16] Benny Carter (not released) (Norgran MGN 1025)
Benny Carter - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Jo Jones - dr
Recorded in New York ; September 20, 1954

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Orbyt said...

Terrific post Melanchthon, thank you. Always a thrill to discover a new Benny Carter date.

blbs said...

Impresionado... como es habitual.
Gracias Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much!
What is the password?

Anonymous said...

I found the password. Thanks again, this is a wonderful blog and it has introduced me to some fantastic artists. You're sending me broke! :)

Anonymous said...

I don't found PW, how can I get it?

censusloss said...

Just Marvellous !

Graham c

srimira2000 said...

Thanks for the opportunity to give a listen. I usually am knocked out by your choices, Mel, but I found these tracks rather perfunctory.

woolfnotes said...

in reply to the above (srimira2000) the first session is nothing out of the ordinary but the tracks with Carter & Jones are just stunning. Peerless playing from all three, neat little arrangements, great tunes.

jose juan said...

When I found this post, I bookmarked it till it be downloaded and listen, but when I came to write a comment, the blog had dissapeared, I suppose to make some changes. Now I found it again and I can say that is a wonderful record; the first part lacks metal instruments, but is a very good one indeed, the second has Benny Carter and there is not necesarily say anything more; thank you Mel, stop playing "hide and seek" with your blog, I'm being crazy, happy new year.

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Chester Proudfoot said...

Wow. This is an incredible post, and site. Thanks Melanchthon! I'm finding a lot of goodies here.

Albertito Jazz said...

Impresionantes posts. Increíble. Gracias Melanchthon, no hay palabras...

Luis said...

Thanks Melanchthon, great post.

estravagario said...

AWESOME !!!!! Thank you very much Melanchthon!

OBHS_DNA said...

I have just found your website with its amazing collection of music. This Teddy Wilson file needs the password. Would you be so kind as to tell me where to find it?

Many thanks for your hard work.
Dan A in West Michigan USA

woland said...

Thank you. All these Teddy Wilson discs are great. He is one of my favorite pianists.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

deGallo said...

Very nice! Thank you.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Mucho...thank you

Chris said...

Thanks Mel, you have turned me into a Teddy Wilson fan over the past years

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

LOUIS said...

Dear Melanchthon,
I have found out about your blg only lately, and your latest entry (Teddy Wilson - the chronogical classics - 1952-1953) prompted me me to dig deeper into your Teddy Wilson entries.
Among other gems is a true rarity, the trio session featuring Beeny Carter and Jo Jones ( Sadly, the links are broken. Would you please kindly re-upload and let us have new links?
Kind regards,

Melanchthon said...

Porer said...

Thank you very much

Kovina Kris said...

Wow, so much great Teddy Wilson. Thank you very much Mel! This one looks especially intriguing.

LOUIS said...

Many thanks. I love Teddy Wilson's elegance and sense of melody.