Friday, July 28, 2017

Teddy Wilson & the Girls (1935-1939)

During the 1990s the Masters of Jazz label devoted three compact discs to the recordings that pianist and bandleader Teddy Wilson made during the '30s with female vocalists other than Billie Holiday. The first volume in the mini-series entitled Teddy & the Girls compiled 21 sides cut between September 1935 and April 1937 with vocals by Ella Fitzgerald, Midge Williams, Mildred Bailey, and Helen Ward. Wilson's groups invariably included master improvisers — both leaders and sidemen — hot off of the swing scene of the '30s. Major talents heard in this collection are xylo-vibraphonists Red Norvo and Lionel Hampton ; trumpeters Bunny Berigan, Frankie Newton and Ziggy Elman ; saxophonists Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, and Chu Berry, and clarinetists Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. With artists like these on board, it's no surprise that the music is uniformly wonderful and well worth hearing again and again.
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Teddy Wilson
Teddy & the Girls

Cd. 1


1 I'd Love to Take Orders from You (Dubin, Warren)  2:41
2 I'd Rather Listen to Your Eyes (Dubin, Warren)  3:06
3 Someday, Sweetheart (Spikes, Spikes)  3:30
4 When Day Is Done (DeSylva, Katscher)  3:29
5 Willow Tree (Razaf, Waller)  3:31
6 Honeysuckle Rose (Razaf, Waller)  3:07
7 Squeeze Me (Waller, Williams)  3:13
8 Downhearted Blues (Austin, Hunter)  3:35
9 My Melancholy Baby (Burnett, Norton)  3:01
10 All My Life (Mitchell, Stept)  3:13
11 You Came to My Rescue (Rainger, Robin)  3:01
12 Here's Love in Your Eyes (Rainger, Robin)  3:02
13 For Sentimental Reasons (Heyman, Sherman, Silver)  3:18
14 It's Love I'm After (Mitchell, Pollack)  3:20
15 'Long About Midnight (Hill, Mills)  3:08
16 More Than You Know (Eliscu, Rose, Youmans)  3:25
17 I'm with You Right or Wrong (Koehler, Stept)  3:23
18 Where the Lazy River Goes By (Adamson, McHugh)  2:50
19 There's a Lull in My Life (Gordon, Revel)  3:12
20 It's Swell of You (Gordon, Revel)  2:59
21 How Am I to Know ? (King, Parker)  3:17


Here's another Masters of Jazz collection devoted to the lesser-known works of pianist and bandleader Teddy Wilson. It's Vol. 2 in a miniseries entitled Teddy & the Girls. The women who sing on these records are Boots Castle, Frances Hunt, Martha Tilton, Sally Gooding and Mildred Bailey. Vibraphonist Lionel Hampton also sings, and other noteworthy instrumentalists are trumpeters Harry James, Hot Lips Page, and Ziggy Elman ; clarinetists Benny Goodman, Hank D'Amico, and Pee Wee Russell ; and tenor saxophonists Chu Berry and Vido Musso. How nice that the producers of this series conjured up 22 historic selections (including several alternate takes) involving Teddy Wilson with nice vocals by women other than his deservedly famous interpreter of songs, Billie Holiday.
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Cd. 2


1 You're My Desire (Hudson, Mills)  3:09
2 You're My Desire [mst take] (Hudson, Mills)  3:08
3 Remember Me ? [mst take] (Dubin, Warren)  2:47
4 Remember Me ? (Dubin, Warren)  2:50
5 The Hour of Parting [mst take] (Kahn, Spoliansky)  3:15
6 The Hour of Parting (Kahn, Spoliansky)  3:14
7 Big Apple [mst take] (David, Redmon)  2:56
8 Big Apple (David, Redmon)  2:57
9 If I Had You (Campbell, Connelly, Shapiro)  3:15
10 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me (Fain, Kahal, Norman)  2:55
11 Silhouetted in the Moonlight (Mercer, Whiting)  2:59
12 My First Impression of You (Stept, Tobias)  2:53
13 With a Smile and a Song [take 1] (Churchill, Morey)  3:09
14 With a Smile and a Song [take 2] (Churchill, Morey)  3:01
15 Bei Mir Bist du Schön, Pt. 1 (Cahn, Chaplin, Jacobs, Secunda)  3:27
16 Bei Mir Bist du Schön, Pt. 2 (Cahn, Chaplin, Jacobs, Secunda)  3:28
17 I See Your Face Before Me (Dietz, Schwartz)  3:01
18 Thanks for the Memory (Rainger, Robin)  2:43
19 Thanks for the Memory [mst take] (Rainger, Robin)  2:37
20 From the Land of Sky Blue Water (Cadman, Eberhart)  2:48
21 Lover, Come Back to Me [mst take] (Hammerstein II, Romberg)  3:16
22 Lover, Come Back to Me (Hammerstein II, Romberg)  3:11 


Subtitled Teddy & the Girls, this leg of the Teddy Wilson story differs markedly from the meticulously chronological approach usually employed by the Masters of Jazz label, in that it does not sequentially present every single recording he made as sideman or leader between March 23, 1938 through August 10, 1939 ; instead, it skips over instrumentals and famous Billie Holiday sides to maintain its focus upon two female vocalists who have often been left on the sidelines by the prevailing if deservedly heavy emphasis upon Wilson's many collaborations with Lady Day. Tracks one through eighteen feature the voice of Nan Wynn while the last five songs are sung by Thelma Carpenter. As always, each and every edition of the Teddy Wilson Orchestra included some of the world's very best jazz musicians. The roster on this album includes Bobby Hackett, Pee Wee Russell, Ben Webster, Gene Sedric, Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, Rudy Powell, Al Casey, and J.C. Heard. These comparatively uncommon Teddy Wilson recordings are well worth investigating in their own light and supplementally in order to fill in the gaps that still persist in Wilson's extensive discography. If you enjoy this, be sure and investigate the two previous volumes in the miniseries Teddy & the Girls.
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Cd. 3


1 Alone with You [take 1] (Wilson)  3:03
2 Alone with You [take 2] (Wilson)  3:21
3 Moments Like This (Lane, Loesser)  3:11
4 Moments Like This [mst take] (Lane, Loesser)  3:04
5 I Can't Face the Music (Bloom, Koehler)  2:56
6 I Can't Face the Music [mst take] (Bloom, Koehler)  2:57
7 If I Were You (Bernier, Emmerich)  2:59
8 If I Were You [mst take] (Bernier, Emmerich)  2:53
9 You Go to My Head (Coots, Gillespie)  3:13
10 I'll Dream Tonight [mst take] (Mercer, Whiting)  3:09
11 I'll Dream Tonight (Mercer, Whiting)  3:11
12 Now It Can Be Told [mst take] (Berlin)  3:10
13 Now It Can Be Told (Berlin)  3:00
14 Laugh and Call It Love (Burke, Monaco)  3:07
15 Laugh and Call It Love [mst take] (Burke, Monaco)  2:55
16 On the Bumpy Road to Love [mst take] (Hoffman, Lewis, Mencher)  2:42
17 On the Bumpy Road to Love (Hoffman, Lewis, Mencher)  2:43
18 A-Tisket, A-Tasket (Alexander, Fitzgerald )  2:46
19 Why Begin Again ? (Raye, Shavers, Shaw)  2:22
20 Love Grows on the White Oak Tree (Todd)  2:46
21 This Is the Moment (Mundy, Wilson)  3:00
22 Stairway to the Stars (Malneck, Parish, Signorelli)  3:02
23 Back to Back (Berlin)  1:53


Featuring Helen Ward, Mildred Bailey, Chu Berry, Dick McDonough, Martha Tilton, Grachan Moncur, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo, Teddy Wilson, Hank D'Amico, Thelma Carpenter, Bobby Hackett, Gene  Krupa, Pee Wee Russell, Tab Smith, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Dave Barbour, Gene Sedric, Allan Reuss, Al Hall, Johnny Blowers, Nan Wynn, Johnny Hodges, Jonah Jones, Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Cozy Cole, J.C. Heard, Albert Casey, Benny Morton, Vido Musso, Midge Williams, etc.

Recorded in New York and Los Angeles ; between September 20, 1935 & August 10, 1939

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furnguy said...


Luis said...

Thanks Melanchthon! Great set.

david said...

absolutely superb ! Thank you so much !

lucky5 said...

Thank you. Much appreciated, Mel!!

-Otto- said...

What a splendid chronological box set. Thanks, Melanchthon!

Terry said...

Thanks again for more rare Teddy Wilson.

Mat Pat said...

I've been looking for this collection for a long time! Passphrase?

d3lta said...

Great post, thank you!

zoot said...

many thanks. MoJs quality issues.

flyingfinger said...

Knock-out post - I am so thrilled!
Thanks Mel -

rowgatien said...

Just the choice of the cigarette picture is so cool!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Great! Many thanks

FrankDell said...

You, monsieur, are the best.

nogrub said...

thank you Mel, very nice set and good to have. They did forget the Kay Penton sides, too bad. Thanks for sharing, Roger.

jazzcat1228 said...

Excellent set! Thank you, Mel.

Mike said...

There's a lull in my life...but wait, it's Melanchthon to the rescue once again! Merci.

hcb said...

Brilliant. My favorite candy store.

hcb said...

Whoops! All but one of the links is dead. But still my favorite candy store.

deGallo said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

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hcb said...

Thanks again, as always!

martymartymarty said...

This is an amazing miniseries! Thank you so much! Just fabulous.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon - I missed these the first time through.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

stringbender said...

Sacre Bleu - c'est formidable! Merci bien!

Anonymous said...

plz plz re-upload i'm fond of teddy

Leonid Ostapenko said...

Melanchthon, reupload thia release, please!

Mat Pat said...

HelloMelanchthon, Would it be possible to re-upload these? I've been trying to find this collection for years!

- Mat

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1

Cd. 2

Cd. 3

Scoredaddy said...

thanks for the reup. missed this first time around

Anonymous said...

I second Stringbender's commenT: " "Sacrebleu"! thanks so much again, dear MM.

Scott Marks said...

Thanks for the daily education, Mr. Mel. All good things!

Gil said...

Encore une fois,merci.

Kovina Kris said...

What a cool collection. Amazing stuff. Thank you!

Olde Edo said...

Thanks a lot for this! I know Teddy Wilson's work with Billie Holiday very well, so I really look forward to listening to these discs!