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Teddy Edwards: The Inimitable

Track List

>Sunset Eyes
>That Old Black Magic
>Mean to Me
>One on One
>Stella by Starlight

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Digitally remastered from the original tapes. Deluxe packaging with a 16-page booklet with original liner notes by Mark Gardner and a new essay by jazz journalist Ted Panken plus restored artwork, photos and session notes. Supervised by original producer and Xanadu label head Don Schlitten. First US reissue since the original LP release in 1976.

Album Notes

Personnel: Teddy Edwards (tenor saxophone); Duke Jordan (piano); Freddie Waits (drums).

Audio Mixer: Paul Goodman .

Liner Note Authors: Mark Gardner ; Zev Feldman; Ted Panken.

Recording information: RCA Studios, New York City (06/25/1976).

Photographer: Morty Yoss.

The underrated tenor great Teddy Edwards had only recorded one album as a leader during before he made this Xanadu date, and he would have to wait around for four years before his next session. The neglect had much more to do with geography (he spent his career living in Los Angeles) than it did with talent. Edwards, backed by pianist Duke Jordan, bassist Larry Ridley, and drummer Freddie Waits, is in top form throughout these five standards (including his most famous original "Sunset Eyes") plus Edwards' newer piece "One on One." Whether it be "Stella by Starlight" (which has an opening tenor cadenza), a relaxed "Mean to Me" or a cooking rendition of "That Old Black Magic," this LP is a superior outing. ~ Scott Yanow


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