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: Teddy Wilson Revisits The Goodman Years

This CD (18 tunes; 69 minutes) is a studio recording made in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1980. The CD presents Teddy Wilson at his best, playing tunes he made immortal in the thirties as pianist with clarinetist Benny Goodman. Teddy Wilson is accompanied by Jesper Lundgaard, a Dane who is one of Europe's top bassists, and the famous drummer Ed Thigpen, who also lives in Denmark. On this CD Wilson displays all the delicacy, elegance, taste, finesse and impeccible rhythm sense that has made him one of the best pianists in jazz.