Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Teddy Wilson - The Chronogical (1947-1950)

Volume 11 of the recordings of Teddy Wilson presented in chronological order, includes his last sessions for Musicraft. Unlike music from other labels, these recordings have not been reissued systematically and completely. This CD includes a number of lovely tracks that deserve to be better known. Trumpet player Buck Clayton, brilliant on "The Sheik of Araby", belongs to that group of unduly neglected musicians who had recorded extensively until the mid-forties but were subsequently rarely invited to play in the studios until the mid-fifties. In December 1947 Teddy Wilson backed singer Kay Penton on a few nice tracks. Although Ms. Penton was undoubtedly a gifter singer — her unforgettable V-Disc 794 (recorded around the same time and available on Classics 1106) is ample proof — and Teddy Wilson was able to give her the kind of accompaniment a vocalist needed to excel. Kay's rendition of "As Time Goes By" may not be pure jazz but it certainly a timeless version of the lovely tune. Incidentally, it was not Dooley Wilson who first sang it in "Casablanca" - "As Time Goes By" was written for a Broadway show from 1931 but had rarely been recorded until rediscovered more than a decade later for the movie ! Teddy Wilson did not have to wait for a decade to record again — but still, he was only back in the studios in summer 1950. These effervescent trio performances of standards were first issued on a early LP. To be continued...
Anatol Schenker, November 2001, from the booklet

Teddy Wilson
The Chronogical


1 The Sheik Of Araby (Smith, Wheeler, Snyder)  2:38
2 Limehouse Blues (Furber, Braham)  2:53
3 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  2:40
4 Georgia on my Mind (Carmichael, Gorrell)  3:08
5 Chinatown, My Chinatown (Schwartz, Jerome)  2:42
6 Bess, You Is My Woman Now (Gershwin, Heyward, Gershwin)  3:02
7 Whispering (Schoenberg, Rose, Coburn)  2:44
8 Just Like A Butterfly (Dixon, Woods)  2:51
9 Something I Dreamed Last Night (Magidson, Yeller, Fain)  3:23
10 As Time Goes By (Hapfeld)  2:57
11 Isn't It Romantic (Rodgers, Hart)  2:48
12 These Foolish Things (Link, Strachey, Maschwitz)  3:18
13 Just One Of Those Things (Porter)  2:14
14 Just Like A Butterfly (Dixon, Woods)  2:29
15 Runnin' Wild (Gibbs, Grey, Wood)  1:30
16 I've Got The World On A String (Arlen, Koehler)  2:44
17 Fine And Dandy (Swift, James)  1:39
18 Ghost Of A Chance (Young, Washington, Crosby)  1:59
19 Honeysuckle Rose (Waller, Razaf)  1:55
20 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  2:08
21 Bess, You is My Woman Now (Gershwin, Heyward, Gershwin)  2:41
22 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (McHugh, Fields)  2:52
23 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  3:02


[# 1-4] Teddy Wilson Quartet
Teddy Wilson - p
Buck Clayton - tp
Billy Taylor - b
Densil Best - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 3, 1947
[# 5-12] Teddy Wilson Trio
Kay Penton - voc
Teddy Wilson - p
Billy Taylor - b
William "Keg" Purnell - dr
Recorded in New York City ; December 15-18, 1947
[# 13-19] Teddy Wilson Trio
Teddy Wilson - p
Arvell Shaw - b
J. C. Heard - dr
Recorded in New York City ; June 29, 1950
[# 20-23] Teddy Wilson Trio 
Teddy Wilson - p
Al McKibbon - b
Kansas Fields - dr
Recorded in New York City ; August 25, 1950


Miklos said...

A classic, and a pleasure to listen. Thanks a lot for sharing!

Дмитрий said...

Thanks a lot! More Chronological, please!!!

Pluisjemp3s said...

Thnkx for the CC but what's the password please ;-)

oldnick said...

Thank you. Great to see more Teddy Wilson. I have only just found this site. To say that I'm impressed would be a gross understatement. Could you send me the password please?

Baruch said...

PW always "melanchthon"

oldnick said...

Thanks Baruch

VeryBlasted said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Andrzej said...

The blog is fantastic! I can not clearly expressed it but there is visible an individual mark. Fantastically informative and graphically polished ... The great covers ... I admire the effort. Many thanks Melanchthon.
And - by the way - I agree with Дмитрий: more CC.

deGallo said...

Thank you for more Teddy Wilson

AmyBRAINS said...

Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

steve said...

I haven't heard this one Mel . . . many thanks for this listen!!!

Melanchthon said...

aikio said...

Thank you Mel、I like your select.

Kovina Kris said...

I have really come to a new, and fuller appreciation of Mr. Wilson's talents because of your blog and all of the fine TW posts. Thank you Mel!