Jack Teagarden

An Introduction to Jack Teagarden: His Best Recordings 1928-1943

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Jack Teagarden made the trombone sexy, and his pliant, lazy tone made the instrument swing like a trumpet. He was also a remarkable singer, with a warm, Texas drawl that gave everything he sang a marvelous intimacy, and he never lost sight of the blues in everything he did. This interesting 22-track compilation mixes the obvious (one of Teagarden's many fine versions of "Basin Street Blues," here as part of the Charleston Chasers) with the less so, and includes a feisty cut with Bessie Smith ("Down in the Dumps") as well as an elegant and haunting take on "Jack Hits the Road." At his best, with his offhand, nuanced singing style, Teagarden raises songs to the level of vital Americana, and no one in jazz has ever gotten more out of the trombone at any level. There's much more to the story than this one disc provides, of course, but each selection here has real charm, and it all adds up to a wonderful introduction to an American treasure.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:18
2 3:11
3
feat: Eddie Condon
3:00
4 3:31
5 3:24
6 3:23
7 2:59
8
feat: Red Nichols
3:12
9 3:04
10
feat: Fats Waller
2:27
11 2:45
12
feat: Red Nichols
3:08
13
feat: Ray Charles
3:08
14 3:20
15 3:19
16 3:05
17
feat: Bessie Smith
3:08
18 3:00
19 2:33
20
feat: Eddie Condon
4:29
21
feat: Bud Freeman
2:56
22 2:54
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