TEDDY WILSON - MOSAIC: CLASSIC BRUNSWICK & COLUMBIA SESSION 1934-42 BOX SET NEW. BRAND NEW - CD BOX SET. IN THIS JAZZ FAN'S BOOK - ART TATUM, JAMES P JOHNSON AND THEN TEDDY WILSON. Yet still, its a delightful surprise: the exhaustive discographical work, the mesmerizing photographs, the granular detail and analysis in Loren Schoenbergs 23-page essay, the timeless beauty and discovery lurking in the music itself.One says restraint, yet make no mistake: Mr. Wilson possessed a formidable technique. The jaw-dropping runs that erupt throughout these sides make it very clear.
The uptempo showpieces China Boy and Liza (All the Cloudsll Roll Away) make it clear. Wilson differed from other virtuosos was his ability to draw the listener in with understatement, the antithesis of both [Earl Fatha] Hines and [Art] Tatum, Schoenberg writes. Wilsons playing had breakneck speed and execution but also breath and space, and bounteous, irresistible swing.
He learned it from one of his earliest employers, Louis Armstrong. We begin the seven-CD journey in 1934, with glorious solo piano filling up a good part of Disc I. Wilson, Schoenberg explains, is far more of a chops player in the Hines-Tatum mold on these early recordings, just before he made history and broke the color line with Benny Goodmans small group in 1935. The level of invention is even more evident when we weigh the alternate takes (many previously unissued, usually appended later in a playlist rather than stacked consecutively).
Schoenberg talks us through minute differences a modulation switched around, an experimental intro later omitted, and so forth. Simply put, this is improvisation, and with these alternates, we can appreciate more deeply what the practice encompassed in the pre-bop era. Wilson ventured forth as a swing bandleader in his own right, but he lacked the showbiz sense and charisma of a Lionel Hampton or Gene Krupa, his Goodman bandmates.
The Teddy Wilson Orchestra ultimately fizzled, but not before issuing a trove of recordings of lasting value (and some, Schoenberg readily admits, not so much). The Mosaic set focuses heavily on these orchestra lineups, starting in 1936 with eight players and growing to 12 by 1939.
Goodman plays on some sides (at one point under the pseudonym John Jackson), as do Hampton and Krupa. Major Ellingtonians also appear, including Cootie Williams, Harry Carney and Jimmy Hamilton but most of all Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster, both in breathtaking form, with John Kirby and Cozy Cole driving the rhythm section. The item "TEDDY WILSON MOSAIC CLASSIC BRUNSWICK & COLUMBIA SESSION 1934-42 BOX SET NEW" is in sale since Wednesday, April 7, 2021. This item is in the category "Music\CDs".
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