Monday, August 1, 2016

The Impeccable Mr. Wilson

Rather than reshuffle the usual adjectives of approbation in these notes, I decided instead to interview Dick Katz, a young jazz pianist who has studied with Wilson and is a perceptive student besides of the whole of jazz piano tradition. "Teddy", Katz begins, ”is one oi the most — it not the most — lyric jazz pianists. He's a unique inventor of melodies when he improvises, and those melodies are both individual and very lyrical. He also has remarkable continuity in his playing, and besides, he improvises the hard way in that he doesn't depend on harmonic devices nearly as much as many other jazz pianists do when they improvise. He depends instead on melodic invention and on his mastery of the art of voice leadings. This is not to say that he hasn't utilized harmonic devices on occasion, but then he does use an altered or substitute chord, he uses it very subtly and it has a great deal of meaning. He's never extravagant in his use ol devices. ”Teddy, as a matter of tact”, Katz continues, "is relatively conservative harmonically. It's his voice leadings in the left hand that have never been duplicated. He uses the bones of the harmony — instead of a lot of altered and substitute harmonies — but by his ingenious voice leadings, he makes the piano sound full. He also has a finely developed touch and control of sound, as finely developed as any jazz pianist. He's a master of legato playing, and being able to make the notes sound smoothly connected without pedal requires a lot of finger control. All in all, technically he's one of the best pianists ever to have played jazz. ”The basic point about Teddy”, adds Katz, "is that he's that rare artist who is both player and creator. There are some other people who are virtuosi and put their emphasis on playing. They play material they've garnered from others. Sometimes they sound better than the originators in terms of execution, but although they may add little twists of their own, they don't contribute too much themselves with regard to style. They are just great players ; they are almost interpreters”...
Nat Hentoff, from the original liner notes

Teddy Wilson
The Impeccable Mr. Wilson

Tracks

1 I Wanna Be Happy (Deal)  3:47
2 Ain't Misbehavin' (Waller)  3:33
3 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf)  4:02
4 Fine and Dandy (James)  3:34
5 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell)  3:21
6 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer)  3:37
7 It's the Talk of the Town (Livingston)  3:28
8 Laura (Mercer)  3:33
9 Undecided (Robin)  4:12
10 Time on My Hands (Gordon)  3:52
11 Who Cares (Gershwin)  3:29
12 Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin)  3:35

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Personnel
Teddy Wilson - p
Al Lucas - b
Jo Jones - dr

Recorded at Fine Sound Studios, New York City ; September 13, 1956

See also
http://www.jazzdisco.org/verve-records/discography-1956/
&
http://livingwithmusic.com/linkto/0173.pdf

27 comments:

johnp said...

Many thanks for the Teddy Wilson,

Pippo said...

Honeysuckle Rose played by Mr. Wilson is a monument of elegance, I wish I could play a tenth as good.
Thank you Melanchthon.

censusloss said...

Just lucked in to your wonderful blog -love it but love teddy wilson more!!

Thanks so much

neil said...

Missed you madly, Mel.
Thanks for the Teddy...

Luis said...

The link is for Teddy's I Got Rhythm not The Impeccable Mr. Wilson.

deGallo said...

Aaaah! The great Teddy Wilson. Thank you.

Melanchthon said...

Right !

dS said...

Mel
You are on FIRE. So glad you're back! and thanks for Mr Wilson...

CrunchyFrog said...

Yes, Mel, you ARE on fire... I haven't listened to this much great jazz I haven't heard in quite a while... and I DO buy quite a bit. So I really appreciate all the great music to sample... many of these are so good I go out and buy them on Amazon shortly after hearing them... and this Teddy Wilson will join the ranks.

deGallo said...

Thanks for this one also

greenishthing said...

I can't resist!

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks Melanchthon!

Frasco said...

Merci beaucoup Melanchthon, une fois plus!

FrankDell said...

Great stuff, as always.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice post Melanchthon.
Thanks a lot.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

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Tabucine said...

Hi Mel !
Can you re-upload this one ?!
Many thanks !

Melanchthon said...

http://www57.zippyshare.com/v/GwKgbFRh/file.html
http://www57.zippyshare.com/v/YeOeh2zm/file.html

sandor essedy said...

great thanks for the re-up.

musician3 said...

AMAZING................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Chris said...

great album this also came with Teddy Wilson Trio With Jo Jones - Complete Studio Recordings

Fred Archtop said...

Superb post. Thanks Mel.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Great! Many thanks.

sotise said...

lovely , thank you!

Scott Marks said...

The only site of its kind where the quality of the author's writing is on par with its subject. Thank you, Professor Mel!