Solo Big Band

Solo Big Band

by Teddy Wilson

CD(Bonus DVD)

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This massive box set collects a wide range of recordings by Teddy Wilson, from early radio transcriptions and broadcasts to sessions the pianist made late in his life for Storyville. Wilson, who left Benny Goodman in 1939 to launch his own ill-fated big band, never achieved commercial success with a large ensemble, though he produced plenty of enjoyable music. The band lacked the showmanship of its competition and Wilson was always a rather low-key leader on-stage, though he features trumpeter Shorty Baker and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster to good effect. The sextet session from 1944 includes most of his regular group at the time, with Emmett Berry, Bennie Morton, Edmond Hall, and Sid Catlett, plus Slam Stewart taking over on bass. Wilson is at his best in trio and solo sessions, though he was not one to give a lot of solo space to his sidemen. While Wilson's style didn't evolve significantly away from his brand of elegant swing, he was a consummate entertainer throughout his career, especially in the 1983 nightclub trio date, where he makes frequent remarks about the background of songs to his audience. An added bonus is a brief DVD of a 13-minute 1940s one-reeler, The Boogie Woogie Dream. Its theme centers around Lena Horne and boogie-woogie pianists Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons cleaning a nightclub after Wilson's set, dreaming of becoming professional musicians. As a result, Wilson's role is rather minor compared to the others, and while the plot is dated and somewhat insulting, the music is enjoyable, especially the boogie-woogie duets featuring Johnson and Ammons. Even if Teddy Wilson fans have many of the individual discs that make up this set, they will find it to be an essential purchase.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/09/2010
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101860722
catalogNumber: 1088607
Rank: 146144


Disc 1

  1. Little Things That Mean So Much
  2. I Know That You Know
  3. Stairway To the Stars
  4. Exactly Like You
  5. The Man I Love
  6. Booly-Ja-Ja
  7. Back to Back
  8. Body and Soul
  9. Lonesome Road
  10. Dear Old Southland
  11. Little Things That Mean So Much
  12. A Ghost of a Chance
  13. Sunday
  14. More Than You Know
  15. Summer's End
  16. Goin' Home Blues
  17. Minute Steak
  18. Sugar
  19. At Sundown
  20. Tuesday Jump
  21. The Moon Is Low
  22. Afternoon Blues
  23. Little Things That Mean So Much
  24. You're My Favorite Memory
  25. Rhythmatics
  26. Almost Blues
  27. Tempo Positioned
  28. Out of Nowhere
  29. Night and Day
  30. Oh! Lady Be Good
  31. Jumpin' Off

Disc 2

  1. You Will Be Sorry
  2. Chinatown, My Chinatown
  3. Twilight Blue
  4. Love Is the Sweetest Thing
  5. Rose Room
  6. Why Shouldn't I
  7. Flying Home
  8. Indiana
  9. Embraceable You
  10. A Touch of Boogie Woogie
  11. B-Flat Swing
  12. Don't Be That Way
  13. Honeysuckle Rose
  14. Mop Mop
  15. I've Got Rhythm
  16. Rose Room
  17. Oh! Lady Be Good
  18. The Way You Look Tonight
  19. Stompin' at the Savoy
  20. You're My Favorite Memory
  21. The Sheik of Araby

Disc 3

  1. Love
  2. Strollin'
  3. Flying Home
  4. King Porter Stomp
  5. Serenata/When Your Lover Has Gone/Avalon
  6. Summertime
  7. You Can Depend on Me
  8. I Ain't Got Nobody
  9. All of Me
  10. Liza
  11. Sweet Lorraine/Body and Soul/I've Got the World on a String/April in Pa
  12. Runnin' Wild
  13. Basin Street Blues
  14. Flying Home

Disc 4

  1. Sweet Georgia Brown
  2. Dinah
  3. Body and Soul
  4. I Know That You Know
  5. I'm Confessin'
  6. Whispering
  7. It's the Talk of the Town
  8. Speculation
  9. China Boy
  10. Theme: Sunny Morning
  11. Bye, Bye Blues
  12. My Man
  13. Lover Come Back to Me
  14. How High the Moon/Theme: Sunny Morning
  15. Theme: Sunny Morning
  16. Nobody's Sweetheart
  17. Blues for Trombone
  18. I Would Do Most Anything for You
  19. Runnin' Wild
  20. I Never Knew/Theme: Sunny Morning
  21. Theme/Theme: Sunny Morning/Runnin' Wild
  22. Tenderly
  23. Just One of Those Things
  24. Moon Glow
  25. Autumn in New York
  26. All of Me
  27. Tea for Two/Theme

Disc 5

  1. After You've Gone
  2. Memories of You
  3. China Boy
  4. Whispering
  5. Body and Soul
  6. The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
  7. Poor Butterfly
  8. Runnin' Wild
  9. Flying Home
  10. I've Got the World on a String
  11. Just One of Those Things
  12. Stomping at the Savoy
  13. Air Mail Special
  14. Basin Street Blues
  15. I've Got Rhythm
  16. Liza
  17. It Had to Be You
  18. Someone to Watch Over Me
  19. Three Little Words
  20. Tea for Two
  21. Avalon
  22. You're Driving Me Crazy

Disc 6

  1. Honeysuckle Rose
  2. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  3. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling/Ain't Misbehavin'
  4. St. Louis Blues
  5. In a Sentimental Mood/Mood Indigo
  6. Perdido
  7. Satin Doll
  8. Take the "A" Train
  9. Body and Soul
  10. Basin Street Blues
  11. Avalon
  12. Moon Glow
  13. I'll Remember April
  14. Who Cares
  15. Someone to Watch Over Me
  16. S'Wonderful

Disc 7

  1. S'Wonderful
  2. Someday Sweetheart
  3. The Sheik of Araby
  4. More Than You Know
  5. Nobody's Sweetheart
  6. Rose Room
  7. China Boy
  8. Sweet Sue
  9. Moon Glow
  10. Exactly Like You
  11. Sweet Lorraine
  12. Whispering
  13. How High the Moon
  14. Keeping Out of Mischief Now
  15. Don't Be That Way
  16. Somebody Loves Me
  17. St. Louis Blues
  18. I'll Remember April

Disc 8

  1. Shiny Stockings
  2. Undecided
  3. Like Someone in Love
  4. Imagination
  5. I Hadn't Anyone 'Till You
  6. Fools Rush In
  7. Tea for Two/Wilson Talks
  8. Body and Soul/Wilson Talks
  9. After You've Gone
  10. I Can't Get Started/Moon Glow
  11. Sweet Georgia Brown/Wilson Talks
  12. Shiny Stockings
  13. Li'l Darling
  14. One O'Clock Jump/Wilson Talks
  15. It Ain't Necessarily So/Bess, You Is My Woman Now/Summertime
  16. But Not for Me/Wilson Talks
  17. Sophisticated Lady
  18. Duke Ellington Medley: In a Sentimental Mood/It Don't Mean a Thing If I
  19. Billy Strayhorn Medley/Wilson Talks: Lush Life/Take the "A" Train

Disc 9

  1. [Untitled]
  2. My New Gown
  3. Boogie Woogie Dream
  4. Unlucky Woman
  5. Friday Dream

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Wilson   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Albert Ammons   Piano
Casey   Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Lena Horne   Vocals
Peter Johnson   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Red Norvo   Vibes
Specs Powell   Drums
Slam Stewart   Bass
Ben Webster   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Shorty Baker   Trumpet
Bert Dahlander   Drums
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Gene Ramey   Bass
Walter Page   Bass
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Floyd Brady   Trombone
Thelma Carpenter   Vocals
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Karl George   Trumpet
Hall   Bass
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
George Irish   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jesper Lundgaard   Bass
Rudy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Hugo Rasmussen   Bass
Arvell Shaw   Bass
Kai Winding   Trombone
Lucas   Bass
Johnny Williams   Bass
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Jake Wiley   Trombone
Gene Price   Trumpet
William Sciøpffe   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bing Crosby   Composer
Albert Ammons   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Charlie Christian   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Claude Hopkins   Composer
Lena Horne   Composer
Peter Johnson   Composer
Jolson   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Teddy Wilson   Arranger,Composer
Charlie Shavers   Composer
Neal Hefti   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Anne Caldwell   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Frank Foster   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Will J. Harris   Composer
J.C. Heard   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Alexander Hill   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Nat Shilkret   Composer
Frank Signorelli   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Billy Meyers   Composer
Chauncey Gray   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
Art Hickman   Composer
Bert Lown   Composer
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
Doc Dougherty   Composer
Harry Brooks   Composer
Buster Harding   Arranger,Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Anders Stefansen   Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Jacques Charles   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Channing Pollack   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Maurice Yvain   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Dick Winfree   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Leo Woods   Composer
Jean Schwartz   Composer
John Golden   Composer
Harry Williams   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Joe Grey   Composer
John Schonberger   Composer
Sid Robin   Composer
Fred Hamm   Composer
Jørgen Vad   Engineer
Harry B. Smith   Composer
Einar Swan   Composer
A. Harrington Gibbs   Composer
Cliff Burwell   Composer
Sidney D. Mitchell   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Richard Coburn   Composer
Charlie Carpenter   Composer
Seymour B. Simons   Composer
Benjamin Spikes   Composer
Phil Boutelije   Composer
Marylin Dunlop   Composer
Leo Ward   Composer
Raymond Hubble   Composer
Roberto Williams   Composer
Mann Kurtz   Composer

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