Word from Bird

A Word from Bird

by Teddy Charles
     
 

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This Koch reissue brings to light a forgotten 1957 Atlantic session from vibraphonist Teddy Charles. Although much of this material falls under the category of cool jazz, the leadoff and title track "Word From Bird" features a full ensemble and caused some controversy for its third stream approach. Commissioned for the Stuttgart Light-Music Festival in 1956, the…  See more details below

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This Koch reissue brings to light a forgotten 1957 Atlantic session from vibraphonist Teddy Charles. Although much of this material falls under the category of cool jazz, the leadoff and title track "Word From Bird" features a full ensemble and caused some controversy for its third stream approach. Commissioned for the Stuttgart Light-Music Festival in 1956, the festival directors ended up rejecting it, insisting it was too musically advanced and serious for a "light music" festival. The swinging uptempo Bob Brookmeyer composition "Show Time" features admirable soloing from Charles, Hal Stein on alto, Robert Newman on tenor, trumpeter Art Farmer, and Jimmy Rainey on guitar. The four remaining tracks feature the rhythm section only with Hall Overton on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Ed Shaughnessy on drums. Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things," a haunting version of "Laura," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and the midtempo "Blue Greens" lazily gallops along with Mingus receiving ample solo space. Word From Bird is an enjoyable reissue.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431674727
catalogNumber:
6747
Rank:
154886

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Charles   Primary Artist,Vibes
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Charles Mingus   Bass
Jimmy Raney   Guitar
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Hal Stein   Alto Saxophone
George Barrow   Baritone Saxophone
James Buffington   French Horn
Don Butterfield   Tuba
Addison Farmer   Bass
Hall Overton   Piano
Robert Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Jim Buffington   French Horn

Technical Credits

Tom Dowd   Engineer
Gary Kramer   Liner Notes
Bob Doherty   Engineer
Marvin Israel   Engineer,Cover Design

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