Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Teddy Wilson - Chonological Classics (1934-1935)

This first CD in a series includes each and every track that was recorded under Teddy Wilson’s name between May 1934 and December 1935. lt is amazing that the first four piano solos by Teddy Wilson have never been issued on 78’s because these early recordings already include all the beauty of his playing. Just listen to “Somebody Loves Me" and you will see what l mean. The next seven tracks present the truly unforgettable Billie Holiday. Although these were not her first recordings, they pretty much marked the beginning of a musical friendship that was to last for many years. “l Wished On The Moon” and “Miss Brown To You" are two gems that are treasured by many admirers of these artists. The following series of solos is particularly nice. “Liza” and “Rosetta” were two girls, Teddy Wilson was very fond of. He later recorded these tunes many more times. The songs that were cut on October 25, 1935 are not all that memorable, however, Teddy Wilson and his group together with the help of Billie Holiday made the very best of them. Two little known solo recordings and the first half of the following recording session have us wait anxiously for the next volume in this project !
Anatol Schenker, December 1989, from the booklet

Teddy Wilson
Chonological Classics
(Classics 508)


1 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald)  3:06
2 Sweet and Simple (Caesar / Jack Yellen)  3:23
3 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (Gershwin, Gershwin, Kahn)  3:08
4 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  3:08
5 I Wished on the Moon (Parker, Rainger)  3:08
6 What a Little Moonlight Can Do (Woods)  3:02
7 Miss Brown to You (Rainger, Robin, Whiting)  3:03
8 A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Little Straw Hat) (Fain, Kahal)  2:55
9 What a Night, What a Moon, What a Girl (Loeb)  2:59
10 I'm Painting the Town Red (Newman, Stept, Tobias)  3:01
11 It's Too Hot for Words (Powell, Samuels, Whitcup)  2:49
12 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:10
13 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (Gershwin, Gershwin, Kahn)  2:39
14 Every Now and Then (Lewis, Sherman, Silver)  3:18
15 It Never Dawned on Me (Coots, Lewis)  3:12
16 Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (Gershwin, Gershwin, Kahn)  3:00
17 Rosetta (Hines, Henri Woode)  2:56
18 Twenty-Four Hours a Day (Hanley, Swanstrom)  3:04
19 Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town (Freed, Hanighen)  2:47
20 Eeny Meeny Meiny Mo (Malnec, Mercer)  3:16
21 If You Were Mine (Malneck, Mercer)  3:14
22 I Found a Dream (Gorney)  3:09
23 On Treasure Island (Burke, Leslie)  2:55


[# 1-4]
Teddy Wilson - p
Recorded in New York ; May 22, 1934
[# 5-8]
Roy Eldridge - tp
Benny Goodman - cl
Ben Webster - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
John Trueheart - g
John Kirby - b
Cozy Cole - dr
Billie Holiday - vcl
Recorded in New York ; July 2, 1935
[# 9-12]
Same as above, except
Cecil Scott - cl, replaces Goodman
Lawrence Lucie - g, replaces Trueheart
Hilton Jefferson - as, is added
Recorded in New York ; July 31, 1935
[# 13]
Teddy Wilson - p
Samed date as above
[# 14-17]
Same as above
Recorded in New York ; October 7, 1935
[# 18-21]
Roy Eldridge - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Chu Berry - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Dave Barbour - g
John Kirby - b
Cozy Cole - dr
Teddy Wilson - p
Billie Holiday - vcl
Recorded in New York ; October 25, 1935
[# 22-23]
Teddy Wilson - p
Recorded in New York ; November 22, 1935


deGallo said...

thank you.

Anonymous said...

thanks mel! I've had the solo sides for 40 years on a French CBS LP in fake stereo -- I'm sure this will sound better.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Great music, marvellous Teddy.
Thank you

Historicus said...

Many thanks!!!!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

FYI - Expired files here.

Melanchthon said...

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks so much for putting this one back in the rotation Mel!