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4.0 out of 5 stars Teddy Edwards - Together Again, 28 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Together Again (Audio CD)
Teddy Edwards was a tenor player based on the West Coast for most of his career and this disc is a reunion with his old sparring partner from the forties, Howard McGhee. Very fine it is too. He never attracted the attention he could have done had he been based in New York but for many years he was one of the best tenormen around. He was fluent, swinging, with an attacking yet melodic style, and easily identifiable. All his strengths are exhibited on this disc. It is basically a hard bop style but slightly more melodic, as played by other Californians such as Harold Land, Hampton Hawes and so on.
The co-leader, Howard McGhee, also plays well. He has a fine technique, the ability to play in all registers and an attractive although slightly blurry tone. To me, he always feels slightly bland. There is none of the edge of seat excitement you get from Fats Navarro with whom he used to play. However, the fact that you can even compare Howard with such a player is an indication of his quality. Maybe I expect perfection too often.
Another of the great might have beens, Phineas Newborn, is on piano. He plays superbly, his long solo on Sandy being an especial pleasure. He was often accused of being bland, but certainly is not here. The great Ray Brown is on bass and gives a lesson on just how to play the instrument. His tone is full and sustaining and on the ballad Misty his choice of notes to support Teddy when playing out of tempo is absolutely right. The other half of Oscar Peterson's then rhythm section, Ed Thigpen, is on drums, and is eminently satisfactory.
A very good record.
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