Teddy Wilson

The Complete Verve Recordings of the Teddy Wilson Trio

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

By 1952, Teddy Wilson's flawless swing style had already been fully formed for at least 17 years, and it would not change at all during the remaining three decades of his life. Wilson's performances were predictably excellent, but predictable nonetheless. This limited-edition five-CD set has all of the pianist's Verve trio recordings, which includes six-and-a-half former LPs (the half was an appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival), a set only released previously in Japan, and a live date that had never come out before. Wilson is teamed with bassists John Simmons, Aaron Bell, Arvell Shaw, Milt Hinton, Geme Ramey, and Al Lucas; and Buddy Rich, Denzil Best, J.C. Heard, Stick Evans, Jo Jones, Specs Powell, Roy Burnes, and Bert Dahlander in the drum slot. A version of "Sweet Georgia Brown" from the Newport Festival adds baritonist Gerry Mulligan. No real surprises occur, and the music, although quite pleasing, is best heard in small doses.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Teddy Wilson 02:55 Amazon
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3 Teddy Wilson 04:15 Amazon
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11 Teddy Wilson 03:05 Amazon
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15 Teddy Wilson 02:55 Amazon
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18 Teddy Wilson 03:15 Amazon
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20 Teddy Wilson 03:05 Amazon
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Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Teddy Wilson 04:01 Amazon
2 Teddy Wilson 03:29 Amazon
3 Teddy Wilson 03:13 Amazon
4 Teddy Wilson 03:42 Amazon
5 Teddy Wilson 03:28 Amazon
6 Teddy Wilson 03:57 Amazon
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8 Teddy Wilson 03:16 Amazon
9 Teddy Wilson 03:32 Amazon
10 Teddy Wilson 03:23 Amazon
11 Teddy Wilson 03:29 Amazon
12 Teddy Wilson 04:08 Amazon
13 Teddy Wilson 03:47 Amazon
14 Teddy Wilson 03:24 Amazon
15 Teddy Wilson 03:33 Amazon
16 Teddy Wilson 03:40 Amazon
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Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Teddy Wilson 03:34 Amazon
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3 Teddy Wilson 05:40 Amazon
4 Teddy Wilson 03:54 Amazon
5 Teddy Wilson 04:35 Amazon
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8 Teddy Wilson 02:34 Amazon
9 Teddy Wilson 03:02 Amazon
10 Teddy Wilson 03:56 Amazon
11 Teddy Wilson 03:58 Amazon
12 Teddy Wilson 04:07 Amazon
13 Teddy Wilson 02:45 Amazon
14 Teddy Wilson 02:47 Amazon
15 Teddy Wilson 02:50 Amazon
16 Teddy Wilson 02:44 Amazon
17 Teddy Wilson 02:43 Amazon
18 Teddy Wilson 04:30 Amazon
19 Teddy Wilson 02:46 Amazon
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