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Solo Piano - the Keystone Transriptions

Teddy Wilson

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Album Review

The release of this 1997 CD was a special event, for none of the 26 piano solos by Teddy Wilson had ever been released before. Made as radio transcriptions, the performances are all quite brief (none reach the three-minute mark) but are particularly valuable, as 12 of the selections are Wilson originals, the majority of which were never recorded again. The pianist also performs swinging versions of a variety of standards and was clearly in his early prime when cutting these highly enjoyable sides.

Biography

Born: November 24, 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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