A skilful interpreter of standards, Teddi King (1929-1977) honed her vocal craft in small clubs etc. during the Fifties and even though she embraced both the jazz and pop worlds, the singer failed to gain the wider recognition she really deserved. Therefore, her recording career proved to be somewhat sparse.
Avid's series of jazz-related material from the past now includes four of Teddi's albums on this excellent two-disc set from the period 1953-1957; the first being Coral's ALL THE KING'S SONGS (1953) which is a collection dedicated to Teddi's favourite male singers via their songs and Dick Haymes (THAT'S FOR ME) Billy Eckstine (COTTAGE FOR SALE) and, of course, Sinatra (THIS LOVE OF MINE) are amongst her dozen choices with orchestral direction shared by Lew Douglas and Johnny Richards.
Three RCA albums BIDIN' MY TIME (1955), TO YOU FROM TEDDI KING (1956) and A GIRL AND HER SONGS (1957) form the collection's mainstay with orchestral accompaniment provided by Al Cohn and George Siravo. Teddi's repertoire ranges from the familiar THAT OLD FEELING, INDIAN SUMMER and THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT to more esoteric selections like WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? AFTER ALL IT'S SPRING and CHICKEN TODAY AND FEATHERS TOMORROW. As a bonus, there are six songs extracted from the 10 inch eight-track Storyville album MISS TEDDI KING (1954) on which the singer had minimal accompaniment via Jimmy Jones (piano), Jo Jones (drums), Milt Hinton (bass) and Ruby Braff (trumpet) for intimate renderings of LOVE IS HERE TO STAY and IT'S THE TALK OF THE TOWN.
Teddi's clear expressive vocal style needed no vocal gymnastics to succeed with her relaxed intimacy and sincerity utilised to stunning effect throughout; whether with full orchestral accompaniment or small group setting. This compilation will therefore provide a treat for anyone interested in classy Fifties girl singers and prove to be an impressive addition to any collection, with Avid's excellent remastered sound allied to the usual helpful habit of providing the original album graphics and sleeve notes.