Teddy Wilson

Blue Mood

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In the late '30s and early '40s, pianist Teddy Wilson was a big deal in the land of jazz. He had many opportunities to perform as a sideman, and eventually got his breaks. These sessions showcase of variety of his efforts with big bands, large ensembles, small groups, and a singer named Billie Holiday. Though none of his own compositions are credited ("Big Apple" should be,) he certainly had a hand in the arrangements, and was given space to play quite a bit of piano. The Hep label has generously provided 23 selections with Wilson and bandmates including stalwarts Hot Lips Page, Lester Young, Freddie Green, Red Norvo and Pee Wee Russell, as well as backing trombonist Benny Morton's All Stars. There are two takes of "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Just a Mood" (Blue Mood,) "When You're Smiling," and "I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me" for contrast sake. The sound reproduction of these vintage performances is excellent, and this one can easily be recommended to both fan and novice.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
2:57 SpotifyAmazon
2
2:57 SpotifyAmazon
3
3:18 SpotifyAmazon
4
2:58 SpotifyAmazon
5
3:08 SpotifyAmazon
6
2:50 SpotifyAmazon
7
3:26 SpotifyAmazon
8
3:29 SpotifyAmazon
9
3:16 SpotifyAmazon
10
3:11 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:22 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:04 SpotifyAmazon
13
3:17 SpotifyAmazon
14
3:01 SpotifyAmazon
15
2:40 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
17
3:09 SpotifyAmazon
18
3:01 SpotifyAmazon
19
2:40 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
21
2:52 SpotifyAmazon
22
2:52 SpotifyAmazon
23
3:03 SpotifyAmazon
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