I Want to Be Happy: 1944-1947

I Want to Be Happy: 1944-1947

by Teddy Wilson


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I Want to Be Happy: 1944-1947

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2001
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943253823
catalogNumber: 8120538

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Wilson   Primary Artist,Piano
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
Hall   Bass
J.C. Heard   Drums
George James   Baritone Saxophone
William Purnell   Drums
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Billy Taylor   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
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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