Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Teddy Wilson - Chronological Classics (1939-1941)

There just seems to have been too many Big Bands playing in America"s ballrooms and theatres at the end of the thirties ! Otherwise, the fine orchestra that Teddy Wilson put together on leaving Benny Goodman in April 1939 would surely have been more successful. Despite promising engagements and a contact with a major record-company, the leader reduced to a sextet after a final residency a the Golden Gate Ballroom in the spring of 1940.
This volume of the complete recordings of Teddy Wilson, presented in chronological order, opens with the remaining sides by the aforementioned Big Band. It first two sessions were issued on Classics 571. "Wham Re Bop Boom Bam" is yet another cut that somewhat anticipates certain elements that were to dominate Jazz some four years later ! With Yhelma Carpenter and the injustly neglected Jean Eldridge, Teddy's band featured two vocalists, both of whom contributed nicely to the band's pretty sound. From June 1940 to the end of 1944, Teddy fronted an oustanding sextet, which worked most of the time at Café Society in New York City. For its  initial recording date, the leader once again called upon Helen Ward, who had recorded with Teddy back in 1936. The eight solo and trio cuts from April 1941 must be among the most tasteful recordings Wilson ever made — listen to the subtile accompaniment by Al Hall and J. C. Heard ! The final date, of which only one track commercially issued at the time, presents the incomparable Lena Horne. These are not her first recordings, but her residency alongside the Teddy Wilson Sextet further increased her popularity. To be continued...
Anatol Schenker, November 1991, from the booklet

Teddy Wilson
Chronological Classics


1 Wham (Re Bop Boom Bam) (Miller, Durham)  3:02
2 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  3:29
3 Moon Ray (Shaw, Quenzer, Madison)  3:18
4 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:40
5 Crying My Soul Out For You (Harding)  3:04
6 In The Mood (Razaf, Garland)  2:58
7 Cocoanut Grove (Powell)  2:42
8 71 (Webster)  3:06
9 I Never Knew (Kahn, Rito)  2:42
10 Embraceable You (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:18
11 But Not For Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:20
12 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:01
13 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  3:16
14 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  2:50
15 I Know That You Know (Youmans, O'Dea, Harbach)  2:26
16 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tauber, Tracey)  2:57
17 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:41
18 I Surrender, Dear (Barris, Clifford)  3:06
19 Body And Soul (Green, Heyman, Sour)  3:16
20 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  3:02
21 Out Of Nowhere (Heyman, Green)  3:30
22 Prisoner Of Love (Robin, Columbo)  3:23
23 The Sheik Of Araby (Smith, Wheeler, Snyder)  2:56


[# 1-8]
Karl George, Harold Baker, Doc Cheatham - tp
Floyd Brady - tb
Pete Clark - cl, as & bs
Rudy Powell - cl & as
Ben Webster, George Irish - ts
Teddy Wilson - p & arr.
Al Casey - g
Al Hall - b
J. C. Heard - dr
Jean Eldridge - vc
Buster Harding & Edgar Sampson - arr.
Buster Harding - p, replaces Wilson on [# 5]
Recorded in New York ; December 11, [# 1-4] 1939 ; & January 18 [# 5-8], 1940
[# 9-12]
Bill Coleman - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Jimmy Hamilton - cl
George James - bs
Teddy Wilson - p
Eddie Gibbs - g
Al Hall - b
Yank Porter - dr
Helen Ward - vc
Recorded in New York ; December 9, 1940
[# 13-20]
Teddy Wilson - p
Al Hall - b [# 14-17]
J. C. Heard - dr [# 14-17]
Recorded in New York ; April 7 [# 13 & 14] ; & April 11, 1941
[# 21-23]
Emmett Berry - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Jimmy Hamilton - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Johnny Williams - b
J. C. Heard - dr
Lena Horne - vc
Recorded in New York ; September 16, 1941


Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for completing the Teddy Wilson C.C. big band material in flac!

Gil said...

Encore une fois merci.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks a lot for your flac files

neil said...

Thanks for the share, mel...