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Turn On That Red Hot Heat

Teddy Grace

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Album Review

Most of singer Teddy Grace's finest recordings are on her Timeless CD. Her Hep disc, which only duplicates one selection ("I'll Never Let You Cry"), primarily focuses on Grace's recordings with the Mal Hallett and Bob Crosby Orchestras. In fact, all except one of her performances from those two associations are included on this release. Although Hallett's band was minor-league, he had a strong trumpet section, along with future star pianist Frankie Carle. The Crosby numbers are less interesting than the Bobcats' usual instrumentals, and, truth be told, some of the lesser selections on this set are only of interest for Grace's sincere delivery and sense of swing. However, completists will want this CD, which also includes her one number ("Red Wagon") with Lou Holden's band and the four songs that resulted from the singer's first session as a leader.

Biography

Born: 26 June 1905 in Arcadia, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s

A superior singer whose career was tragically cut short, most of Teddy Grace's recordings have been reissued on a Timeless CD. She became a professional singer in 1931; sang on the radio in the South; worked for Al Katz (1933), Tommy Christian (1934), and Mal Hallett (on and off during 1934-1937); and recorded for Decca during 1937-1940, using such sidemen as Bobby Hackett, Jack Teagarden, Charlie Shavers, Buster Bailey, Pee Wee Russell, and Bud Freeman. Grace became disenchanted with the music business...
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