Teddy Wilson

Elegant Piano

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About a decade prior to launching her long running NPR series Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Marian McPartland invited Teddy Wilson to join her for a similarly formatted recording session for her Halcyon label, though it is all music and no conversation, giving the senior pianist top billing as well. Wilson is unfairly pigeon-holed as a swing specialist from his association with Benny Goodman, as he joins McPartland in delightful treatments of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights" andToots Thielemans' "Bluesette," in addition to obvious choices like "Lover Man" (as Wilson was joined by Billie Holiday on a number of records in the 1940s) and "Just One of Those Things." Wilson also has four solo features where his style is more readily apparent, especially in the light-hearted romp through "Shiny Stockings."

McPartland's one solo performance is the quiet blues "Slowly into Evening." Also reissued in Australia as an LP by Swaggie, this enjoyable album was briefly available as a Prevue CD before the reissue label ceased operations.

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