Saturday, November 26, 2016

Teddy Wilson - The Keystone Transcriptions (1939-1940)

One of the great swing era pianists Teddy Wilson arrived at a mature style early in his career. The first Wilson record I know of (with Benny Carter's wonderful, short-lived 1933 big band) introduces him as an advanced, gifted band pianist and soloist. Wilson's later records (He had a fifty-year career.) as a trio or solo pianist stand as elegant, logical, and swinging miniatures, but they generally lack the freshness of his 1930's playing. The tension from his left hand counterlines smoothed out for one thing.
The Keystone Transcriptions present Wilson in near-ideal circumstances. Originally recorded for radio play (instead of for commercial release), these piano solos were apparently lost or forgotten until recently. He contemporaneously recorded a few of these tunes with Billie Holiday or Benny Goodman, but these solo versions deserve to be heard on their own merits — they are not remakes. There are several tunes he rarely if ever played again. Some are Wilson "heads" on standards — for example "Tempo Positioned" is "Cherry" with a "'Swonderful" bridge. Vocalist Johnny Mercer later recorded "You'll Be Sorry" as "Shoo Be Doin'". Wilson rarely played the blues as he got older, but there are three choice examples here...
Craig Jolley

Source :

Teddy Wilson
Solo Piano
The Keystone Transcriptions


1 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (Crosby, Washington, Young)  2:57
2 Sunday (Coots, Grey)  2:22
3 More Than You Know (Eliscu, Rose, Youmans)  2:47
4 Summr's End (Wilson)  1:38
5 Goin' Home Blues (Wilson)  2:09
6 Minute Steak (Wilson)  1:01
7 Sugar (Alexander, Mitchell, Pinkard)  2:48
8 At Sundown (Donaldson)  2:28
9 Tuesday Jump (Wilson)  2:25
10 The Moon Is Low (Brown, Freed)  2:25
11 Afternoon Blues (Wilson)  2:35
12 The Little Things That Mean So Much (Adamson, Wilson)  2:23
13 You're My Favorite Memory (Johnson, Wilson)  2:39
14 Rhythmatics (Wilson)  2:17
15 Almost Blues (Wilson)  2:29
16 Tempo Positioned (Wilson)  2:15
17 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  2:30
18 Night and Day (Porter)  2:23
19 Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:34
20 Jumpin' Off (Wilson)  2:48
21 You'll Be Sorry (Autry, Rose)  2:50
22 Chinatown, My Chinatown (Jerome, Schwartz)  2:29
23 Twilight Blue (Wilson)  2:53
24 Love Is the Sweetest Thing (Noble)  2:29
25 Rose Room (Hickman, Williams)  2:36
26 Why Shouldn't I ? (Porter)  2:22


Teddy Wilson - p

Recorded in New York City ; circa 1939 & 1940


Adrian said...

Thanks a lot for Teddy.
He's been always close to my heart.

zoot said...

many thanks mel

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks Melanchthon!

der bajazzo said...

Thanks very much for these Teddy Wilson solo piano recordings, Melanchthon.

Jaffa said...

Wonderful, Mel ! I never heard these before. Thank you very kindly :-)

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Terry said...

Teddy Wilson is just about my favourite pianist so this is welcome. Thanks Mel.

Bart Grooms said...

A true master. This is out of print.

I met Teddy's son in Atlanta playing a pop gig, by the way.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a wonderful album.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon. I'm always interested in hearing new (to me) Wilson material.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Many Thanks

Milorad said...

Thank you so much for your effort. But, I don't know the password. Please :)

Milorad said...

No need for password, I've sold the problem. Excelente music! Thank you again!

rubberduck said...

Thanks, Mel

deGallo said...

Thank you.

musician3 said...

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

ProfessorCalculus said...

thanks pal

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again for the Wilson goodness, Mel.

Melanchthon said...

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel! Sublime!

sandor essedy said...

thanks Mel for this new (for me) Wilson.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

Scoredaddy said...

thank you for Teddy Wilson

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!