- Audio CD (1 Jun. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Retrospective
- ASIN: B0052T6D1Y
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Jack Teagarden - Big T, A Hundred Years from Today, His 46 Finest 1928-1954
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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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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.