Teddy Wilson

Jazz Classics

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This studio session by Teddy Wilson has appeared on several labels (beginning with Who's Who in Jazz) under different titles. The pianist is accompanied by his son, Teddy Wilson, Jr., on drums and bassist George Duvivier, with vibraphone master Lionel Hampton (who had worked with Wilson in the Benny Goodman Quartet), clarinetist Jerry Fuller, and conga player Sam Turner added on some tracks. The full sextet is heard on "Dizzy Spells" and the easygoing strutting take of "Liza." Wilson takes a back seat during "Sweet Sue" as Hampton takes a long solo. The lightly swinging quartet version of "One O'Clock Jump" is hampered somewhat by the incongruous addition of the congas; it succeeds in giving a new sound to Count Basie's theme song but somehow doesn't quite mesh; this track is also prematurely faded at an awkward time. Fortunately the congas are missing from the straight-ahead interpretation of "I Can't Get Started." Although this is not an essential date by Teddy Wilson, there are enough enjoyable tracks to make it worth the investment, if found at a budget price.

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