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Teddy Wilson Trio: Teddy Wilson Trio Revisits the Goodman Years

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Teddy Wilson Trio: Teddy Wilson (piano); Jesper Lundgard (bass); Ed Thigpen (drums).

Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 15th, 1980. Includes liner notes by Digby Fairweather.

Recorded in Copenhagen in 1980, towards the end of Teddy Wilson's long career, REVISITS THE GOODMAN YEARS is an endearing tribute to the piano man's former employer. In 1935, Wilson was the first to break the color barrier in jazz, performing with the Benny Goodman trio (which also included drumming sensation Gene Krupa). Even near the end of his life, he played with a refined, articulate approach to the instrument that remains inimitable to this day.

On the brisk "Sheik of Araby," we hear Wilson's ability to play burning fast single-note flourishes without even the slightest hint of sloppiness or indecision. In contrast, the pianist's romanticism is highlighted on his exquisite, wistful version of "More Than You Know." Wilson has a way of coaxing a huge sound out of the piano like few of his contemporaries. And while his playing has variously been described as urbane, polished, poised, and meticulous, one thing is for sure: it's always heartfelt.


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