Teddi King – The Storyville Sessions 1954-1955 (2013)

Artist: Teddi King
Title Of Album: The Storyville Sessions 1954-1955
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Fresh Sound Records
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 60:16 min
Total Size: 135 MB

01. I Saw Stars
02. Love Is A Now And Then Thing
03. New Orleans
04. The Talk Of The Town
05. I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan
06. It’s All In The Mind
07. Our Love Is Here To Stay
08. Spring Won’t Be Around This Season
09. Why Do You Suppose
10. Over The Rainbow
11. This Is Always
12. Fools Fall In Love
13. I Didn’t Know About You
14. Old Folks
15. You Turned The Tables On Me
16. Like A Ship Without Sail
17. Something To Live For
18. I’m In The Market For You
19. You Hit The Spot
20. You Can Depend On Me

Twofer: Tracks #1-8, from the 10-inch LP “Miss Teddi King” (Storyville LP 314). Teddi King (vcl), Ruby Braff (tp), Jimmy Jones (p), Milt Hinton (b), Jo Jones (d). Recorded in New York City, July 1954. Tracks #9-20, from the 12-inch LP “Now in Vogue” (Storyville LP 903). Teddi King (vcl), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Billy Taylor (p), Milt Hinton (b), Osie Johnson (d). On #9,10,11 & 15, Nick Travis (tp), Gene Quill (as) and Sol Schlinger (bs) added. Recorded in New York City, October 1955.

Possibly because of the sheer perfection of her vocal technique, Teddi King (1929-1977) may not have immediately seemed to some to be a jazz singer. But, in a career that included work with such piano luminaries as Nat Pierce, George Shearing and Dave McKenna, she won herself a small but discerning following as one of the best.

Influenced by such outstanding jazz singers as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, whom she did not resemble vocally, and Lee Wiley, Mabel Mercer and Mildred Bailey, whom perhaps to a slight degree she did, she was blessed with near-perfect intonation, impeccable phrasing and a voice of crystalline beauty and freshness. All this is evident on these early Storyville sessions, where she is backed by front-line jazz talent in Ruby Braff, Nick Travis, Bob Brookmeyer, Gene Quill, pianists Jimmy Jones and Billy Taylor and sterling drummers Jo Jones and Osie Johnson. In these intimate, subtly calibrated sessions she sings with a warmth and delicacy no less forceful for being presented with elegance, sophistication and a complete absence of superfluous gesture or vocal sleightof-hand.

It should surprise nobody that she held Sinatra as the epitome of what a popular singer should be – and he, with his frank jazz awareness, was as close to perfection in terms of phrasing as any singer could aspire to.


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