Pianist Teddy Wilson rose to great fame in the Benny Goodman
group of the 30s – but here, he revisits those years in a sweet small combo mode – one that's got a lot more of Teddy's touch in the lead than any slavish adherence to Goodman
! In fact, the set might be thought of as very much in the manner of some of Wilson's best late life recordings – particularly the European and Japanese ones, which were often heavy on his swing roots – and, like this one, very well-recorded, with a spacious approach that really gets at all of Teddy's dexterity on the keys, and his quick command of many tones in a very short space. Rhythm is from Jesper Lundgard on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – the latter of whom brings a nicely crisp feel to the set – and titles include "Whispering", "China Boy", "S'Wonderful", "Someday Sweetheart", "Rose Room", "Sheik Of Araby", and "Nobody's Sweetheart".
(Out of print.)