Pianist Teddy Wilson was the epitome of style in jazz. He stuck to his pristine brand of swing throughout a long career, never really seeming out of place in the process. After working with the likes of Billie Holiday, Roy Eldridge, and Benny Goodman, Wilson formed his own big band in 1939, only to have to fold it in 1940. Thankfully, Wilson returned to combo settings, which seemed to suit him best. This Classics disc features a mix of those small-group dates from the mid-'40s, along with some solo piano sides and a few vocal cuts featuring Helen Ward and Maxine Sullivan. Also on hand to contribute top-notch work are trumpeter Charlie Shavers, clarinetist Edmond Hall, tenor great Ben Webster, and trombonist Benny Morton. An optimal and highly enjoyable disc to start your Wilson collection.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook