Teddy Wilson – St. Louis Blues (2017)
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Universally regarded as one of the supreme keyboard masters of the swing era, Teddy Wilson refined the stride piano tradition established by James P. Johnson and Fats Waller and introduced qualities of elegance, delicacy and finesse that earned him wide-spread acclaim and a great number of imitators.
All the prodigious pianistic artistry of Teddy Wilson is in evidence on this album which features the pianist with two excellent rhythm sections. The 1968 sides, originally released on Storyville SLP 1005, were produced by Timme Rosenkranz. They team Wilson with Denmark’s most famous jazz export, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen and his very accomplished compatriot, Bjarne Rostvold. Throughout Wilson gives generous solo space to his colleagues and they make the most of it. NHOP needs no recommendation, but Lundgaard is also extremely impres- sive. He has good time and intonation and is an inventive and harmonically accurate soloist. The other six sides were recorded 12 years later, Wilson’s backing on this occasion being supplied by Ed Thigpen – an “adopted” Dane of more than ten years’ stan- ding – and (Where do they find them?) yet another superb Danish bassist, Jesper Lundgaard, who has worked with Dexter Gordon, Tommy Flanagan, Warne Marsh, Jimmy Raney and Benny Carter, among other.
01 – How High the Moon
02 – Keeping out of Mischief Now
03 – Don’t Be That Way
04 – Somebody Loves Me
05 – St. Louis Blues
06 – I’ll Remember April
07 – If I Had You
08 – I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling
09 – Prelude to a Kiss
10 – You’re Blase
11 – When You’re Smiling
12 – Easy Living
Teddy Wilson – piano
Jesper Lundgard – bass
Ed Thigpen – drums
Teddy Wilson – piano
Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen – bass
Bjarne Rostvold – drums
Tracks “01-06” Recorded on June 15th, 1980 in Studio 39, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tracks “07-12” Recorded on December 14th, 1968 in Metronome Studio, Copenhagen.
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