Steady with Teddy/Sunset Eyes

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Steady with Teddy/Sunset Eyes


Norwood, Doug, IAJRC Journal


Teddy Edwards - Steady With Teddy

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Howard McGhee (tp) Teddy Edwards (ts) Dodo Marmarosa (p) Arvin Garrison (g) Bob Kesterson (b) Roy Porter (d), Hollywood, October 18, 1946: Up in Dodo's Room / Dialated Pupils / Midnight at Minton's / High Wind in Hollywood

Benny Bailey (tp) Teddy Edwards (ts) Dudley "Duke" Brooks (p) Addison Farmer (b) Roy Porter (d), Hollywood, July 1947 : Steady with Teddy / Bird Legs / Roy's Boy / Rexology / Out of Nowhere / Three Bass Hit / R. B.'s Wig / Body and Soul

Teddy Edwards, Dexter Gordon* (ts) Jimmy Rowles (p) Red Callendar (b) Roy Porter (d), Hollywood, December 4, 1947 : Hornin' In*/ The Duel*/ Blues in Teddy's Flat

Herbie Harper (tb) Teddy Edwards (ts) Hampton Hawes (p) Iggy Shevack (b) Roy Porter (d), Hollywood, October 1948 : Teddy's Tune / Wonderful Work /Fairy Dance / It's the Talk of the Town TT: 59:23

Teddy Edwards Quartet

Sunset Eyes

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Teddy Edwards (ts) Joe Castro (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Billy Higgins (d, vcl[dagger]) Gloria Smith (vcl*); Stars of Jazz TV Broadcast, ABC Studios, Hollywood, December 22 1958 : Love for Sale / Walk On / Old Folks

Same Personnel, Radio Recorder's Studio, Hollywood, July 18-19 1959 : Groove Funk Soul / Yesterdays / Day Dream / It Could Happen to You / Play Me the Blues / That's All

Same Personnel, Sound Enterprises, Hollywood, September 12 1959 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You*/ I'll Be Over*

Same band, Falcon's Lair, Hollywood, 1959 : Billie's Bounce /A Foggy Day

Same Personnel,, Rex Productions Studio, Hollywood, August 16 1960 : Up in Teddy's New Flat / Me and My Lover[dagger] / Sunset Eyes / Takin' Off/ Vintage '57 / Teddy's Tune

Same Personnel,, Contemporary Studio, Hollywood, August 17 1960 : Blues in G / Scrapple from the Apple / What's New? / You Name It / Take the "A" Train / The Sermon / Higgins' Hideaway TT: 145:20

Teddy Edwards was one of the finest tenormen to emerge during the bebop era, and one of the most distinctive, but was too often overlooked during that period, probably because he remained on the West Coast at a time when most of the attention was centered on the New York scene. He first recorded on alto with a Russell Jacquet group in early 1945 and, shortly thereafter, switched to tenor after he teamed with Howard McGhee.

The association of Edwards and McGhee lasted until 1947, at which time McGhee left the Los Angeles area. The two recorded together as sidemen on dates by Wynonie Harris and Slim Gaillard and, under McGhee's name for Aladdin/Philo, Melodisc, Modern/Modern Music and Dial. Some of their best work together is from a Jubilee broadcast which has appeared from time to time on both LP and CD. Edwards also appeared with Gene Norman's "Just Jazz" concerts during those years.

Unlike most bebop saxophonists, Edwards sound was not derived from either Bird or Prez but his grittier tone was perhaps more influenced by the "Texas Tenors" or even by some of the less rambunctious R&B performers. More than most tenor players of that period, he was fond of very fast playing and his solos were frequently adorned with cleanly articulated cascades of sixteenth notes. …

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