Teddy Powell & His Orchestra

Teddy Powell (1942-43)

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Teddy Powell is a now-obscure swing-era bandleader who headed several excellent orchestras. This First Time LP consists of one side apiece from Powell's 1942 and 1943 bands which surprisingly had completely different personnel. Although neither orchestra developed a personality of its own, both were swinging outfits and a few notable names are among the sidemen. The 1942 band features the Harry James-influenced trumpet of John Austin, some clarinet solos from Irving Fazola and pianist Tony Aless while the later group has solos from trumpeter Pete Candoli and tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura (the latter is well featured on "Ghost of a Chance" and "Body and Soul") along with fine ensemble work from drummer Jackie Mills and high-note trumpeter Ray Wetzel.