Thursday, February 11, 2016

Teddy Wilson Complete Piano Solos (1934-1941)

Wilson was born in Austin, Texas, on November 24, 1912. He studied piano and violin at Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama. After working in the Lawrence "Speed" Webb band, with Louis Armstrong, and also understudying Earl Hines in Hines's Grand Terrace Cafe Orchestra, Wilson joined Benny Carter's Chocolate Dandies in 1933. In 1935, he joined the Benny Goodman Trio (which consisted of Goodman, Wilson and drummer Gene Krupa, later expanded to the Benny Goodman Quartet with the addition of Lionel Hampton). The trio performed during the big band's intermissions. By joining the trio, Wilson became the first black musician to perform in public with a previously all-white jazz group.
Noted jazz producer and writer John Hammond was instrumental in getting Wilson a contract with Brunswick, starting in 1935, to record hot swing arrangements of the popular songs of the day, with the growing jukebox trade in mind. He recorded fifty hit records with various singers such as Lena Horne, Helen Ward and Billie Holiday, including many of Holiday's greatest successes. During these years, he also took part in many highly regarded sessions with a wide range of important swing musicians such as Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Red Norvo, Buck Clayton, and Ben Webster.
Wilson formed his own short-lived big band in 1939, then led a sextet at Café Society from 1940 to 1944. He was dubbed the "Marxist Mozart" by Howard "Stretch" Johnson due to his support for left-wing causes (he performed in benefit concerts for The New Masses journal and for Russian War Relief and chaired the Artists' Committee to elect Benjamin J. Davis). In the 1950s, he taught at the Juilliard School. Wilson can be seen appearing as himself in the 1955 motion picture The Benny Goodman Story. He was also the music director for the Dick Cavett Show.
Wilson lived quietly in suburban Hillsdale, New Jersey, in the 1960s and 1970s. He performed as a soloist and with pick-up groups until the final years of his life.
Wilson died in Hillsdale, on July 31, 1986; he was 73. He is buried at Fairview Cemetery in New Britain, Connecticut.

Source :

Teddy Wilson
Complete Piano Solos


Cd. 1

1 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin)  3:05
2 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin)  2:54
3 Sweet And Simple (Henderson, Caesar, Yellen)  3:21
4 Sweet And Simple (Henderson, Caesar, Yellen)  3:24
5 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:06
6 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:02
7 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  3:07
8 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:37
9 Every Now And Then (Lewis, Sherman, Silver)  3:17
10 It Never Dawned On Me (Coots, Lewis)  3:10
11 Liza (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:53
12 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  2:57
13 I Found A Dream (Garney, Hartman)  3:07
14 On Treasure Island (Burke, Leslie)  2:52
15 I Feel Like A Feather In The Breeze (Gordon, Revel)  3:15
16 Breaking In A Pair Of Shoes (Franklin, Stept, Washington)  3:07
17 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:59
18 Don't Blame Me (Fields, McHugh)  2:57
19 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Koehler, Arlen)  2:37
20 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Koehler, Arlen)  2:52
21 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern)  3:15


Cd. 2

1 Rosetta (Hines, Woode) 2:49
2 Rosetta (Hines, Woode) 2:32
3 Rosetta (Hines, Woode) 2:35
4 Rosetta (Hines, Woode) 2:46
5 I Know That You Know (Youmans, O'Dea, Harbach)  2:24
6 I Know That You Know (Youmans, O'Dea, Harbach)  2:27
7 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tauber, Tracey)  2:56
8 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tauber, Tracey)  2:18
9 Them There Eyes (Pinkard, Tauber, Tracey)  2:46
10 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:40
11 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:40
12 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:45
13 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:40
14 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:16
15 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:16
16 China Boy (Winfree, Boutelje)  2:56
17 I Surrender Dear (Barris, Clifford)  3:05
18 Body And Soul (Green, Jeyman, Sour)  3:13
19 I Can't Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:00
20 I Can't Get Started (Gershwin, Duke)  3:21
21 These Foolish Things (Link, Strachey, Marschwitz)  3:00
22 These Foolish Things (Link, Strachey, Marschwitz)  3:03
23 Teddy Wilson "Original" (Scarlatti* public domain)  3:26
24 Studio Doodling (public domain)  2:46


Teddy Wilson - p
J.C. Heard - b [# 1-16, cd. 2]
All Hall - dr [# 1-16, cd. 2]

* Teddy plays a few bars from Scarlatti, Sonata in D (K. 9)

Recorded in New York & Chicago ; between May 22, 1934 & April 11, 1941 (or January 21, 1942)

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cvllos said...

Oh, that's the Week of Piano Masters, Melanchthon!
Each one better than the other!
Many, many thanks!

greenishthing said...

viva jazz piano!!! many thanks!

blbs said...

Creo haber oido alguna vez que, originalmente, muchas de estas grabaciones habían sido originalmente rechazadas por el repiqueteo del anillo de Teddy sobre el teclado del piano... ¿será verdad?
Impresionante post! Gracias Mel.

ita diegues said...

Muchas gracias MElanchthon.

roYbluE said...

First time I heard Teddy Wilson, many years ago, I FLIPPED. The man was years ahead of his fluid. To add to it the Garner on Dial is a must have.....!

Thanx Mel,


Scoredaddy said...

fabulous!! thanks

Scoredaddy said...

ooops, links already dead

Scoredaddy said...

got'em now... thanks

stringbender said...

What beautiful music! Many thanks indeed!

Albertito Jazz said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon!

CrunchyFrog said...

The master on the piano... beautiful playing... thanks!

neil said...

With all those alternate take, one for the completist; many thanks, mel...

Leaozinho said...

any chance of a re up on this? thanks!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Extraordinary! Thank you.

furnguy said...


Brush&Stick said...

Wonderful set; thanks so much!

AmyBRAINS said...

It's really a fantastic post!!
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

Links dead,please re-post, thanx