Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Fabulous Teddy Wilson at the Piano

Teddy Wilson made a fair number of recordings as a leader during the 1950s and 1960s, but the Columbia LPs, such as this trio session from the mid-1950s, have become an obscurity instead of a candidate for reissue. Part of the problem may be that all of the 12 standards recorded by Wilson on this date are so associated with his repertoire and his approach (swinging yet low-key without garish musical ornamentation) that it is easy to overlook such an album. His rhythm sections (either Al Hall and J. C. Heard or Al McKibbon and Kansas Fields) are relegated strictly to time keeping, so the focus is exclusively on the leader, who swings as well as during any time in his long career. But his seemingly effortless playing disguises the fact that this musician worked very hard to hone his craft and didn't feel the need to continuously change his style over time. His trademarked tenths are a key part of his interpretation of "Rosetta," and the waterfall like glissandi in songs like "Them There Eyes" are reminiscent of an economical Art Tatum. All of his solo tracks, especially "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," prove to be memorable. Maybe this LP will never be regarded as one of Teddy Wilson's most essential dates as a leader, but any fan of his music will not be disappointed if he or she manages to acquire a copy of this collector's item.
Ken Dryden

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Teddy Wilson
Mr. Wilson
The Fabulous Teddy Wilson at the Piano


1 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  3:20
2 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  2:52
3 These Foolish Things (Link, Strachey, Marschwitz)  3:04
4 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tauber, Tracey)  3:00
5 I Can't Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:05
6 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:42
7 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh, Fields)  2:39
8 I Surrender Dear (Barris, Clifford)  3:10
9 I've Got The World On A String (Arlen, Koehler)  2:50
10 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  2:53
11 Bess, You is My Woman Now (Gershwin, Heyward, Gershwin)  2:28
12 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Koehler, Arlen)  2:11


[# 1 & 2]
Teddy Wilson - p
Al Hall - b [# 2]
J. C. Heard - dr [# 2]
Recorded in Chicago ; April 7, 1941
[# 4-6 & 8]
Teddy Wilson - p
Al Hall - b [# 4 & 6]
J. C. Heard - dr [# 4 & 6]
Recorded same place as above ; April 11, 1941
[# 3]
Teddy Wilson - p
Recorded in New York ; January 21, 1942
[# 9]
Teddy Wilson - p
Arvell Shaw - b
J.C. Heard - dr
Recorded in New York ; June 29, 1950
[# 7, 10-12]
Teddy Wilson - p
Al McKibbon - b
Kansas Fields - dr
Recorded in New York ; August 25, 1950

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Jazzsoulman said...

Thanks again. This one will brighten my weekend.

CrunchyFrog said...

awesome! never heard this one before. Thanks, Mel!

david said...

The so beautiful Teddy Wilson ! Thank you so much.

Ps : does anyone knows where to find The Teddy Wilson Trio's Live at Santa Tecla ? Thanks in advance.

Jaffa said...

Wonderful, Mel ! A TW-album I had not heard before - you made my day. Thanks so much !

AmyBRAINS said...

Great post!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel for more Mr. Wilson

d3lta said...

Jap 2014 relase! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

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Fred Archtop said...

Thank you so much Mel.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much
Very nice!!

Kovina Kris said...

Fantastic. I have gone from one Teddy Wilson album to 7 or 8 in the last few weeks and it's all because of your great blog Mel. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much, have a nice day

bventure said...

More excellent Teddy Wilson, many thanks.