Teddy Wilson

Three Little Words

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There is an unusual setting for this Teddy Wilson trio date: an open-air studio in Nice, France. As a result, the ambience is a bit different outdoors, while birds can be heard occasionally in the background. This is hardly a distraction for Wilson and two fellow veterans, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Oliver Jackson, who make their way through 14 standards that they had likely played hundreds of times during their long careers. Highlights include a lush treatment of "You Go to My Head," a cheerful midtempo romp through "Flying Home" (with a superb solo by Hinton), and a blistering take of "Undecided." While Teddy Wilson didn't modify his style much during his career, this outdoor recording is one of his most interesting studio efforts.

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