Jack Teagarden made the trombone sexy, and his pliant, lazy tone made the instrument swing like a trumpet. He was also a remarkable singer, with a warm, Texas drawl that gave everything he sang a marvelous intimacy, and he never lost sight of the blues in everything he did. He could also be the consummate sideman, and this set, which includes recordings made between 1943 and 1947 with Eddie Condon, George Wetting, and others, presents him mainly in that role, although there are a few tracks here with his own Big Eight band as well. Hearing Teagarden in any guise always makes a day better, and no one in jazz has ever gotten more out of the trombone at any level. This set doesn't make for the ideal introduction to this American treasure (he's not a featured vocalist here, for instance), but it's still fun stuff.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
feat: The Capitol Jazzmen