Jack Teagarden

Jack & Charlie Teagarden & Franklin Trumbauer

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Trombonist Jack Teagarden spent some of the prime years of the swing era tied to Paul Whiteman's Orchestra because in 1934 he signed a five-year contract. If he had not made that decision, Teagarden might very well have ended up as the leader of the Bob Crosby Orchestra. While with Whiteman, Teagarden was given the opportunity to record with a small group from the big band, one that was called "The Three T's" because of the participation of his brother Charlie Teagarden on trumpet and the great C-melody saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer. All of their recordings (most of which were issued under Trumbauer's name) are on this enjoyable CD which also includes a few solos from clarinetist Artie Shaw and two Teagarden features with Whiteman. The music, essentially small-group swing, has plenty of solo space for the principles and there are many memorable selections. Highly recommended.