Teddy Edwards

It's All Right

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This is an interesting transitional set by tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards, originally cut for Prestige and now available as a CD in the OJC series. Although the music (mostly Edwards originals) is essentially hard bop, there are hints of the avant-garde here and there in the harmonies and solos. Edwards plays as well as usual, and his supporting cast (trumpeter Jimmy Owens, trombonist Garnett Brown, pianist Cedar Walton, bassist Ben Tucker, and drummer Lenny McBrowne) is impressive. None of the tunes caught on as standards, and Edwards would not have an opportunity to record as a leader for another seven years, but the largely straight-ahead music has dated pretty well.

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