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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Teddy Edwards: Four Classic Albums

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Teddy Edwards was a formidable tenor player on the '50s and '60s West Coast scene with a warm and congenial tone reflected the laid-back thoughtfulness of the West Coast scene with enough soul to indicate he was listening some Coleman Hawkins in the midst of the Lester Young platters. His own recordings were a typical mix of originals and standards, many of which were brief enough to fit comfortably on a 78. After being sidelined for a few years with ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Teddy Edwards: Smooth Sailing

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There's a famous story about how Lester Young, after listening to a young saxophonist play an overlong, blustery, cliché-riddled solo, looked at him and said, “Yeah, but can you sing me a song?" Leave it to Pres to get to the heart of the matter with a sentence whose very conciseness underscores his point. Teddy Edwards’ latest disc, Smooth Sailing, is a fine example of economical playing and arrangement. The saxophonist is joined by pianist Richard Wyands, bassist Ray Drummond, ...

INTERVIEWS

A Fireside Chat with Teddy Edwards

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Teddy Edwards passed away over the weekend after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Edwards will be missed terribly. To see yet another voice unheard and unappreciated during his lifetime is a source of great angst for me. So an encore of a Fireside I did with Mr. Teddy Edwards a few years back. Teddy Edwards should be a legend. But then there would be justice in the world and justice is something beyond comprehension these days. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Teddy Edwards: Sunset Eyes

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There’s little on veteran Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards’ date which sounds distinctively West Coast but here it is, part of a program of Pacific Jazz limited edition reissues in their West Coast Classics series from Capitol Records. All but one of the tracks feature Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Billy Higgins on drums, the latter fresh from several sessions with Ornette Coleman and here playing as straight ahead as can be, the whole rhythm section swinging like mad, ...


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