Teddy Wilson

Teddy & the Girls, Vol. 1: 1935-1937

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During the 1990s the Masters of Jazz label devoted three compact discs to the recordings that pianist and bandleader Teddy Wilson made during the '30s with female vocalists other than Billie Holiday. The first volume in the mini-series entitled Teddy & the Girls compiled 21 sides cut between September 1935 and April 1937 with vocals by Ella Fitzgerald, Midge Williams, Mildred Bailey, and Helen Ward. Wilson's groups invariably included master improvisers -- both leaders and sidemen -- hot off of the swing scene of the '30s. Major talents heard in this collection are xylo-vibraphonists Red Norvo and Lionel Hampton; trumpeters Bunny Berigan, Frankie Newton and Ziggy Elman; saxophonists Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, and Chu Berry, and clarinetists Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. With artists like these on board, it's no surprise that the music is uniformly wonderful and well worth hearing again and again.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:41
2 3:06
3 3:30
4 3:29
5 3:31
6 3:07
7 3:13
8 3:35
9 3:01
10 3:13
11
feat: Helen Ward
3:01
12
feat: Helen Ward
3:02
13 3:18
14 3:20
15 3:08
16 3:25
17 3:23
18 2:50
19
feat: Helen Ward
3:12
20
feat: Helen Ward
2:59
21
feat: Helen Ward
3:17
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