Thursday, March 23, 2017

Teddy Wilson - Chronological Classics (1942-1945)

From 1940 to 1944, Teddy Wilson fronted a sextet that included a number of oustanding musicians. This unit played mainly at both branches of Café Society, but did also undertake some occasional touring. Despite its fine reputation, this Wilson sextet had only few recording oportunities, not least because of the recording ban imposed by the Musician's Union in July 1942.
This volume of the recordings of Teddy Wilson, presented in chronological order, opens with an immaculate solo on the perenial standard "These Foolish Things". Of the following sextet session, only "You're my Favorite Memory" was issued at the time. Throughout 1943 and 1944, Wilson fronted his sextet, which, despite several changes in personnel, always maintained a high musical standard, as the occasional recordings from this period well illustrate. "How high the Moon" and "Russian Lullaby" were issued on one of the earliest V-Discs for the U.S. Army in October 1943. The second V-Disc actually issued featured Wilson's working combo, with Red Norvo as an added attraction. By October 1944, Teddy had given up his own band and rejoined his former employer, Benny Goodman. Besides recording with Benny, Teddy also made a series of fine sides for the Musicraft label, which had just inaugurated a series of fine jazz records. The label's owner, Albert Marx, was married to singer Helen Ward, who may have been the one to bring Teddy to his attention. Both quintet sessions rely on musicians from the Goodman band, plus trumpeter Charlie Shavers. Musically, the four sides by the sextet with Buck Clayton and Ben Webster prove superior. Clayton, then still with the U.S. Army, and free-lancing Ben Webster turn in some magnificient solos. The hot "Savoy" and Wilson's own "Blues Too" rank among the very best cuts on this CD, which includes numerous fine but little-known recordings by the incomparable Teddy Wilson. To be continued...
Anatol Schenker, August 1996, from the booklet

Teddy Wilson
Chronological Classics


1 These Foolish Things (Marvell, Strachey)  3:02
2 You're My Favorite Memory (Wilson, Johnson)  3:17
3 B Flat Swing (Wilson)  2:55
4 How High The Moon (Lewis, Hamilton)  4:24
5 Russian Lullaby (Berlin)  4:53
6 I Know That You Know (Youmans, O'Dea, Harbach)  2:41
7 Blues (unknown)  2:44
8 Stompin' At The Savoy (Goodman, Webb, Sampson)  2:27
9 Undecided (Robin, Shavers)  2:31
10 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:16
11 Every Time We Say Goodbye (Porter)  3:07
12 Just You, Just Me (Greer, Klages)  3:02
13 Just For You Blues (Wilson)  3:19
14 This Heart Of Mine (Freed, Warren)  3:09
15 Bugle Call Rag (Schoebel, Meyers, Pettis)  2:51
16 Runnin' Wild (Gibbs, Grey, Wood)  2:59
17 I Surrender Dear (Clifford, Barris)  2:45
18 Memories Of You (Blake, Razaf)  3:03
19 If Dreams Come True (Mills, Sampson, Goodman)  3:00
20 I Can't Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:08
21 Stompin' At The Savoy (Goodman, Webb, Sampson)  2:40
22 Blues Too (Wilson)  3:08


[# 1 & 6*] Teddy Wilson Solo
Teddy Wilson - p
Recorded in New York ; January 21, 1942 ; & March 1944*
[# 2 & 3] Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra
Emmett Berry - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Edmond Hall - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Johnny Williams - b
J.C. Heard - dr
Helen Ward - vc
Recorded in New York ; July 31, 1942
[# 4 & 5]
Joe Thomas - tp
Benny Morton - tb
Edmond Hall - cl
Teddy Wilson - p
Johnny Williams - b
Sidney Catlett - dr
Recorded in New York ; August 13, 1943
[# 7-9]
Charlie Shaves - tp
Teddy Wilson - p
Red Norvo - vb
Remo Palmieri - g
Al Hall - b
Gordon "Specs" Powell - dr
Recorded in New York ; circa November, 1944
[# 10-12]
Charlie Shaves - tp
Teddy Wilson - p
Red Norvo - vb
Billy Taylor - b
Morey Feld - dr
Maxine Sullivan - vc
Recorded in New York ; December 18, 1944
[# 13-17]
Charlie Shaves - tp
Teddy Wilson - p
Red Norvo - vb
Al Hall - b
Gordon "Specs" Powell - dr
Maxine Sullivan - vc
Recorded in New York ; January 15, 1945
[# 18-21]
Buck Clayton - tp
Ben Webster - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Al Casey - g
Al Hall - b
J.C. Heard - dr
Recorded in New York ; August 14, 1945


Anonymous said...

please Melanchthon, re-upload this, thank you v.m.


deGallo said...

Thank you.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you Mel.

steve said...

I had not heard this Mel. Thanks!

musician3 said...

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

rowgatien said...

Thank you!

Historicus said...

Many thanks!

sandor essedy said...

great thanks for this (the) great Teddy Wilson.

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

FYI - Expired files here.

Melanchthon said...

zoltanzylox said...

Thanks Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

Thanks for re-posting these Mel. I now have some very tasty Teddy Wilson stuff because of you. Nice!