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Encore: Teddy Charles

Read "Encore: Teddy Charles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Over a post blizzard mid-February brunch just off Central Park West, one of jazz' neglected masters, Teddy Charles (who turns 75 this month) recalled one of his first recordings - clarinetist Buddy DeFranco's 1949 sextet featuring drummer Max Roach and guitarist Jimmy Raney. Six months prior was the vibraphonist's recording debut which was with Chubby Jackson's big band. 40 years later, and after a semi-comeback in the early '80s, the mallet man recorded his final session to date, Live at ...

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Teddy Charles: New Directions

Read "New Directions" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Perhaps the most rarefied release in Prestige’s new string of limited edition reissues, this disc gathers three incredibly scarce ten-inch recordings by vibraphonist Teddy Charles. Each of the sessions collected provides a stimulating glimpse into realms of experimentation often overlooked by jazz fans and historians alike. Charles was one of the most active members of a small fraternity of jazz musicians whose innovations during the early 1950s presaged the “Third Stream” and modal experiments that transpired later in the decade ...


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