I Want to Be Happy: 1944-1947

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
After the wartime recording ban was lifted, Teddy Wilson made several nifty 78s with a succession of swing combos for Musicraft and Standard, as anthologized on this bargain-priced Naxos CD. Ranging in size from trios to octets, these combos mostly do the once-over with the old flag-wavers from the swing era and before, with an occasional concession to the present such as a preview of Kurt Weill's "Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed" (from "Street Scene"), lit up by the dusky tenor sax of Charlie Ventura. In the 1944-45 quintets and sextets, Charlie Shavers always does pungently delightful things on muted and open trumpet, and Red Norvo's vibes are always on target. Buck Clayton...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
After the wartime recording ban was lifted, Teddy Wilson made several nifty 78s with a succession of swing combos for Musicraft and Standard, as anthologized on this bargain-priced Naxos CD. Ranging in size from trios to octets, these combos mostly do the once-over with the old flag-wavers from the swing era and before, with an occasional concession to the present such as a preview of Kurt Weill's "Moon-Faced, Starry-Eyed" (from "Street Scene"), lit up by the dusky tenor sax of Charlie Ventura. In the 1944-45 quintets and sextets, Charlie Shavers always does pungently delightful things on muted and open trumpet, and Red Norvo's vibes are always on target. Buck Clayton and Ben Webster are an earthier pair of soloists on some 1945-46 sextet sessions, and a 1946 quartet offers a glimpse of the sensually keening 22-year-old Sarah Vaughan on "Time After Time." Throughout, Wilson keeps up a steady stream of impeccable swinging piano licks in a style pretty much unchanged from the 1930s. As in other Naxos Jazz Legends releases, no attempt is made to arrange the numbers in chronological order. But the transfers are honest, ungimmicked, and generally better than what the major labels have offered up in the CD era. This is a good, somewhat off the beaten path historical buy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943253823
  • Catalog Number: 8120538

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Teddy Wilson Primary Artist, Piano
Al Casey Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Red Norvo Vibes
Specs Powell Drums
Maxine Sullivan Vocals
Charlie Ventura Tenor Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Scoville Brown Clarinet
Don Byas Tenor Saxophone
Morey Feld Drums
Al Hall Bass
J.C. Heard Drums
George James Baritone Saxophone
William Purnell Drums
Sarah Vaughan Vocals
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Remo Palmieri Guitar
Kay Penton Vocals
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Langston Hughes Composer
Jack Pettis Composer
Richard H. Coburn Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Ellis Reynolds Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
John Schoenberger Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
David Lennick Producer
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Joe Young Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Francis Wheeler Composer
Doc Daugherty Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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