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Teddy Edwards

A pioneer hard bopper on the tenor and recognized as one of the masters in the L.A. Central Avenue scene, Edwards leaves a huge legacy of recorded music, stretching from the Forties right through to his death in 2003. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, on 26th April 1924, Edwards moved to Los Angeles in 1945, first coming to attention the following year when, with trumpeter Howard McGhee's group, he recorded the groundbreaking bebop tune, “Up In Dodo's Room.” By the end of that decade Edwards was sufficiently well known to front his own bands. In 1949 he was also one of the first members of the Lighthouse All Stars, the group based at the famous Lighthouse Club in Hermosa Beach. Five years later, in 1954, Edwards was invited to join the Max Roach Quintet, a group that also featured legendary trumpeter Clifford Brown

Impulse! Records: An Alternative Top 20 Zeitgeist Seizing Albums

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There can be little argument that a jazz label ever captured a zeitgeist more completely than Impulse! did during its original 1960s incarnation. In the US, the fight back against white racism was cresting, opposition to the Vietnam war was growing, outrage over the assassinations of figures of hope such as President Kennedy, Martin Luther King ...

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ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Tornano i tesori della Xanadu

Read "Tornano i tesori della Xanadu" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Proseguono le riedizioni dei dischi della Xanadu grazie all'accordo tra Zev Feldman e Jordi Soley di Elemental Music e la società The Orchard, attuale proprietaria dell'etichetta fondata da Don Schlitten. Dopo un primo assaggio di sei dischi uscito qualche mese fa, il nuovo capitolo della Master Edition Series è corposo e ci dà l'occasione per rievocare ...

Four Classic Albums

Label: Avid Records UK
Released: 2016
Track listing: Disc 1: Teddy’s Ready: Blues in G; Scrapple From the Apple; What’s New?; You Name It; Take the ‘A’ Train; The Sermon; Higgins’ Hideaway. Sunset Eyes: Tempo de Blues; Vintage; I Hear A Rhapsody; Up in Teddy’s New Flat; Sunset Eyes; Teddy’s Tune; Takin’ Off. Disc 2: Together Again: Together Again; You Stepped Out of a Dream; Up There; Perhaps; Misty; Sandy. God Gravy: Good Gravy; Could You Forget; A Stairway to the Stars; A Little Later; On Green Dolphin Street; Just Friends; Laura; Yes I’ll Be Ready; Not So Strange.

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The Inimitable Teddy Edwards

The Inimitable Teddy Edwards

As part of its reissue of select albums on the Xanadu label, Resonance Records has just released The Inimitable Teddy Edwards, which was recorded in June 1976. The album is important because it features tenor saxophonist Edwards in spectacular form accompanied by a sterling trio—Duke Jordan (p), Larry Ridley (b) and Freddie Waits (d). By '76, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Teddy Edwards: Four Classic Albums

Read "Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

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 ...


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