Storyville Records

Wilson, Teddy

Theodore Shaw "Teddy" Wilson (November 24, 1912 – July 31, 1986) was an American jazz pianist. Described by critic Scott Yanow as "the definitive swing pianist", Wilson's sophisticated and elegant style was featured on the records of many of the biggest names in jazz including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. With Goodman, he was perhaps the first well-known black musician to play publicly in a racially integrated group. In addition to his extensive work as a sideman, Wilson also led his own groups and recording sessions from the late 1920s to the '80s.

Recordings

Teddy Wilson: The Noble Art Of Teddy Wilson

Of the 24 tunes on this 76-minute CD, the first six are previously unreleased; the rest were originally released on two Storyville LP’s. All the tunes were recorded in studio sessions in Copenhagen in 1968. The repertoire consists of famous jazz standards. Teddy Wilson is accompanied by Denmark’s (and one of the world’s) best bassists – Niels-Henning Ørsted Petersen – and two of Denmark’s top drummers – William Schiøpffe and Bjarne Rostvold. Teddy Wilson was the most important pianist of the swing era, but his music is timeless and just as wonderful today. As this CD amply illustrates, Teddy Wilson was the absolute master of touch, taste, technique and elegance.