Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Teddy Wilson - Chronological Classics (1937-1938)

This Cd of recordings by Teddy Wilson includes not only more of the timeless music by Billie Holiday and Lester Young but also features two nearly forgotten vocalists of the late thirties. Together with a pair of lovely piano solos this mixed program illustrates the musical flexibility and diversity of Teddy Wilson in a beautiful way.
This fifth volume of Teddy Wilson's studio recordings in chronological order includes all sessions made under his own name between September, 1937 into April of the following year. The four initial sides focus on Red Norvo's xylophone and Harry James' trumpet with some sparkling playing by the nominal leader of this quartet. A session with vocals by Billie Holiday is followed by a pair of particulary lovely solos by Teddy Wilson. Vocalist Sally Gooding who is heard on the next two recordings does a fine job but it is Chu Berry's majestic tenor which really makes these cuts memorable. The two other sides of this date are instrumentals with some interesting but rather untypical playing by Hot Lips Page — if it is him, after all — and Pee Wee Russell. Many of the stars from Count Basie's Orchestra, together with Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson met for a historic session on January 6, 1938 : All four sides are among Billie Holiday's best ever ! "When You're Smiling" and "if Dreams Come True" have some truly unbelievable playing by Lester Young. Like Sally Gooding also Nan Wynn's singing is very pleasant but pales somewhat beside Billie's unique style. Another batch of Ms. Wynn's not too numerous recordings will be included in our next volume ! To be continued...
Anatol Schenker, May 1990, from the booklet

Teddy Wilson
Chronological Classics


1 Ain't Misbehavin' (Razaf, Waller, Brooks)  2:49
2 Just A Mood (Blue Mood) Part I (Wilson)  3:26
3 Just A Mood (Blue Mood) Part II (Wilson)  3:27
4 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller, Razaf)  3:15
5 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:10
6 Things Are Looking Up (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:22
7 My Man (Pollock, Yvain, Willemetz, Charles)  3:03
8 Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man (Kern, Hammerstein II)  3:17
9 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  3:04
10 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Koehler, Arlen)  2:42
11 My First Impression Of You (Tobias, Stept)  2:54
12 With A Smile And A Song (unknown)  3:04
13 When You're Smiling (Fisher, Goodwin, Shay)  2:58
14 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me (Gaskill, McHugh)  2:38
15 My First Impression Of You (Tobias, Stept)  2:51
16 When You're Smiling (Fisher, Goodwin, Shay)  2:52
17 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With McHugh)  2:51
18 If Dreams Come True (Sampson, Goodman, Mills)  3:05
19 Moments Like This (Losser, Lane)  3:07
20 I Can't Face The Music (Koehler, Bloom)  3:04
21 Don't Be That Way (Goodman, Sampson, Parish)  3:08
22 If I Were You (Bernier, Emmerich)  2:58
23 You Go To My Head (Gillespie, Coots)  3:17


[# 1-4]
Teddy Wilson - p
Harry James - tp
John Simmons - b
Red Norvo - xl
Recorded in Los Angeles ; September 5, 1937
[# 5-8]
Buck Clayton - tp
Prince Robinson - cl
Vido Musso - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Allan Reuss - g
Walter Page - b
Cozy Cole as Swing Roo - dr
Billie Holiday - vc
Recorded in New York ; November 1, 1937
[# 9 & 10]
Teddy Wilson - p
Recorded in New York ; November 2, 1937
[# 11-14]
Hot Lips Page (?) - tp
Pee Wee Russell - cl
Chu Berry - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Allan Reuss - g, b & dr (?)
Sally Gooding - vc
Recorded in New York ; November 17, 1937
[# 15-18]
Buck Clayton - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Lester Young - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Freddie Green - g
Walter Page - b
Joe Jones - dr
Billie Holiday - vc
Recorded in New York ; January 6, 1938
[# 19-23]
Bobby Hackett - cl
Pee Wee Russell - cl
Tab Smith - as
Gene Sedric - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Allan Reuss - g
Al Hall - b
Johnny Blowers - dr
Nan Wynn - vc
Johnny Hodges (or Buster Bailey or Jerry Blake ?) - as, replaces Smith
Gene Sedric omitted
Recorded in New York ; March 23 [# 19-21] ; & April 29, 1938


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Billie said...

You have just turned a bad day into a fine one. Cheers Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Steffen said...

Thank you.

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent music! Thank you, Mel.