With Billie In Mind

January 1, 1988 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1973
  • Label: Chiaroscuro Records
  • Copyright: 1988 Chiaroscuro Records
  • Total Length: 1:03:12
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  • ASIN: B000QQRPPQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,272 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Thom on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a must if you are a jazz pianist and a gem if you are a jazz enthusiast or if you just like good music. This is one of the very rare recordings that Wilson did towards the end of his career where he sat down at the piano and recorded an album consisting entirely of solos. Here, Teddy selects songs that he recorded with Billie Holiday back in the 1940's and treats them with some of the creative improv lines and elegant swinging that secured his reputation as the greatest swing pianist of the 1930's and 40's.

This recording is a masterclass in solo jazz piano. While Wilson's right hand tastefully dances up and down the keyboard, his left hand is playing tenths, providing a rich harmonic foundation and a steady rhythmic pulse throughout the recording. At times, he swings so much that think your listening to a trio....your toes will be tapping to every song on this album. Sometimes the most common of cliches are true.....certainly in this case you'd be hard pressed to find a pianist nowadays who can sit down at a piano bench and play with as much taste and elegance as Teddy Wilson.
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Another reviewer is spot on regarding this album serving as a masterclass for piano. Wilson is one of my three favorite pianists (the other two are Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell.)

Most of us who are Teddy Wilson fans are also Lester Young and Billie Holiday fans (and if not, we are certainly familiar with their work.) In that respect this album is like taking the Teddy Wilson led sessions of the mid 1930s (many of which are on Musical Romance), and removing everyone but Teddy from the mix. His playing is nearly identical as it was for those sessions and his silvery tone and beautiful touch can be clearly heard isolated from the other instruments. That is what another reviewer was getting at, and that alone makes this album essential to pianists.

However, there is another factor, and that is the pure enjoyment both Teddy's playing and the songs selected bring to a listener. One need not be a pianist or even a musician to enjoy this album. Indeed, one need not be a jazz aficionado because the music and Teddy's playing transcend a genre or style.

This can be either a study in piano or a listening experience - or both. It's one of my most often played albums when I am in the mood for Teddy, and one I can recommend to anyone who has refined musical tastes.
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