The Jazz Show Episode December 13, 2010

Broadcast on 13-Dec-2010

9:00pm - 12:00am

This album was recorded by the great tenor saxophonist/arranger/composer Teddy Edwards (April 26,1924-April 23,2003) who was asked to put together a band of relative unknowns for a session for Lester Koenig's Contemporary Records. Koenig paid for the rehearsals and the band recorded over three dates in December of 1960 in L.A. Upon listening to the finished product, Edwards and Koenig shelved to date as the solos were good but the ensembles playing Teddy's charts sounded a bit ragged. It wasn't until 1995 that the tape box was heard again by Teddy and a new producer at Contemporary and they reevaluated the session and decided to put it out. We should be glad they did as Teddy is at his early peak and the band is fine and energetic albeit a bit rough but ready! Edwards chose some good players from the L.A. underground like Nathaniel Meeks on trumpet, the fiery Jimmy Woods on alto saxophone, Modesto Brisenio on baritone sax, Lester Robertson on trombone and Danny Horton on piano, Richard Alderson on bass and the great Larance Marable on drums. A worthy discovery called "Back To Avalon". The band plays some Edwards' originals and also his arrangements of some solid standards. An excellent session all round...enjoy the music of Teddy Edwards.

Track Listing:

Dizzy Gillespie · Big Band 1946
The Fuller Bop Man
James Moody · First Date
Oh Henry
Good Bait
Miles Davis/Tadd Dameron · Paris Jazz Fest.1949
Lady Bird
I've Got The Blues
James Moody · James Moody Band 1955
Faster James
James Moody · James Moody Band 1959
Malice Towards None
James Moody · Fantastic Flute
Stitt's Tune
Tubby Hayes · Tubby's All-Stars
Dizzy Gillespie · Live at Memory Lane
I'm In The Mood for Love
James Moody · Moody's Mood for Love
I'm In The Mood for Love
James Moody · Something Special
Teddy Edwards · Back To Avalon
The Cellar dweller
You Don't Know What
Love Is.
Steppin' Lightly
Sweet Georgia Brown
Our Last Goodbye
Good Gravy
Under A Southern Moon