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Teddy Wilson & His All Stars (Remastered) [Bonus Track Version]

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Album Review

This CD reissues one of the last band dates headed by the impeccable swing pianist Teddy Wilson who was usually featured with trios during the era. He performs with an all-star sextet that also includes trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, trombonist Vic Dickenson, Bob Wilber on clarinet and soprano, bassist Major Holley and drummer Oliver Jackson. Instead of jamming on the set of standards and obscurities (which includes such tunes as "Hallelujah," "Alice Blue Gown," "Just Friends" and "I'll Get By"), the musicians mostly play Bob Wilber's arrangements. Other than "Blues in D Flat," the performances are quite concise (most clock in around the three-minute mark) and some of the charts make the group sound like a dance band rather than a spontaneous jam. The music overall is less exciting than one would expect but it has its moments and is quite pleasing. This CD adds a 7½-minute "Jazzspeak" from August 11, 1995 that features Bob Wilber reminiscing about both Teddy Wilson and this session.


Born: 24 November 1912 in Austin, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Teddy Wilson was the definitive swing pianist, a solid and impeccable soloist whose smooth and steady style was more accessible to the general public than Earl Hines or Art Tatum. He picked up early experience playing with Speed Webb in 1929 and appearing on some Louis Armstrong recordings in 1933. Discovered by John Hammond, Willie joined Benny Carter's band and recorded with the Chocolate Dandies later that year. In 1935, he began leading a series of classic small-group recordings with swing all-stars...
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