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Jack Teagarden - Big T, A Hundred Years from Today, His 46 Finest 1928-1954

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Retrospective
  • ASIN: B0052T6D1Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Hundred Years From Today
  2. She's A Great, Great Girl
  3. Makin Friends
  4. I m Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee
  5. That s A Serious Thing
  6. Knockin A Jug
  7. My Kinda Love
  8. Dinah
  9. The Sheik Of Araby
  10. Basin Street Blues
  11. Beale Street Blues
  12. You Rascal, You! (With Fats Waller)
  13. Chances Are
  14. After You ve Gone
  15. I ve Got It
  16. Somebody Stole Gabriel s Horn
  17. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
  18. Ain t Cha Glad?
  19. Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jibe
  20. Texas Tea Party
  21. Christmas Night In Harlem
  22. Junk Man
  23. Davenport Blues
  24. I Swung The Election

Disc: 2

  1. S Wonderful
  2. Serenade To A Shylock
  3. The Blues
  4. Octoroon
  5. Muddy River Blues
  6. Swingin on The Teagarden Gate
  7. Jack Hits The Road
  8. Muskrat Ramble
  9. Shine
  10. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen
  11. Stars Fell On Alabama
  12. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight
  13. Somebody Loves Me
  14. St. Louis Blues
  15. A Jam Session At Victor
  16. Say It Simple So I Can Understand
  17. St. James Infirmary
  18. Rockin Chair
  19. Baby, Won t You Please Come Home?
  20. Lover
  21. High Society
  22. Meet Me Where They Play The Blues

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A magnificent double CD celebrates the artistry of the greatest jazz trombonist of them all, with a summary of his very finest work from 1928 to 1954. The name of Big T , Texan Jack Teagarden (1905-1964), is a two-word definition of jazz trombone. He was indisputably the greatest trombone soloist in jazz history, setting a new standard in the 20s and creating a totally new approach. With his lazy Texan drawl, Teagarden was almost equally revered as a highly distinctive jazz singer. A Hundred Years From Today gives the best possible summary of Teagarden s unique star quality as both trombonist and vocalist. Starting in 1928 with his first major session, with Roger Wolfe Kahn, and following through to fine 1954 recordings such as Meet Me Where They Play The Blues, the generous sequence includes all the numbers with which Teagarden is forever associated: Basin Street Blues, I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues, Stars Fell On Alabama, St. James Infirmary and so on. He is heard in many of his famous settings, with such as Eddie Condon, Red Nichols, Benny Goodman, Paul Whiteman and, of course, with Louis Armstrong (Rockin Chair). 18 tracks are with his own orchestra (somewhat underrated) and small groups such as his Big Eight. This Retrospective demands a place in every jazz collection.

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The trombone was a bit of a late developer as a jazz instrument, and musicians such as Miff Mole and Tommy Dorsey promoted its role in the mid-twenties. But in many people's eyes the subject of this compilation was the finest of all jazz trombonists, with a highly personal and instantly identifiable style, both on his chosen instrument and in his vocals. His playing was deceptively simple; it favoured the upper register, and wove mellifluous patterns with apparent disregard to the ground beat. His vocals were likewise charged with a lazy quality, which was enhanced by his southern drawl, and always sounded as though his tubes had been lubricated in advance with what W.C. Fields described as spirituous liquor.

His earliest recorded solo was with the orchestra of Roger Wolfe Kahn, and the second take, unissued at the time, is included here. Although only 23, his emergence on the New York scene did not go unnoticed, and he was soon in demand as a session man by Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Red Nichols and Benny Goodman, while at the same time playing in Ben Pollack's Park Central Orchestra. All are represented here, together with recordings under his own name, of which the most evocative is "Davenport Blues" with its ethereal introduction.

This is a superb sampling of Jack's art, beautifully remastered with a full discography. It's memorable for the consistently high quality of his playing (to quote from the Penguin Guide "there are scarcely any moments when he sounds less than wonderful"). If you're not a devotee already, buy this and be converted.
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