- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album #1: Columbia CS-8238 (1960)
- Original Album #2: Columbia CS-8120 (1959)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Swing jazz pianist Teddy Wilson, who played with many of the most important jazz artists of all time, first gained fame when discovered by famous record mogul John Hammond in 1934. Both of these albums originally released by Columbia Records pay homage to some of the greatest composers of the 20th Century. On this marvelous collection, Wilson brings new life to Fats Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose," Erroll Garner's "Misty," George Gershwin's "Embraceable You," and many more.
- 1.King Porter Stomp
- 2.If I Could Be With You One Hour
- 3.Honeysuckle Rose
- 4.Sophisticated Lady
- 6.One O'clock Jump
- 7.Sunny Morning
- 8.round Midnight
- 9.Artistry In Rhythm
- 10.Lullaby Of Birdland
- 12.The Duke
- 14.Nice Work If You Can Get It
- 15.Oh, Lady Be Good
- 16.Somebody Loves Me
- 17.But Not For Me
- 18.I Got Rhythm
- 19.The Man I Love
- 20.Bess, You Is My Woman Now
- 21.Embraceable You
- 22.Love Is Here To Stay
- 23.I've Got A Crush On You
2 LPs on 1 CD: AND THEN THEY WROTE... (1960)/MR. WILSON & MR. GERSHWIN (1959).
Personnel: Teddy Wilson (piano); Major Holley, Arvell Shaw (bass); Bert Dahlander (drums).
Originally released on Columbia (8238) & Columbia (8120).
Personnel: Teddy Wilson (piano); Bert Dahlander (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Irving Townsend; Charles Edward Smith.
The two trio dates from 1959 featured on this compilation by Teddy Wilson were originally recorded for Columbia. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gershwin, according to producer Irving Townsend's liner notes, was taped in front of the staff of the label's New York office, none of whom could withhold their enthusiastic applause at the end of each number, so it was included on the record. Strangely enough, as on other Columbia reissues from that era, the applause is missing on the CD reissue, so it must have been recorded outside the main studio and then mixed in, as the performances are otherwise identical. Wilson, who is joined by bassist Arvell Shaw and drummer Bert Dahlander, is in fine form, since most of this music had been part of his repertoire for two decades. And Then They Wrote..., which makes up the other half of the CD, includes renditions of well-known pieces by 11 different pianists, ranging from Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson to Duke Ellington and Count Basie, as well as modern players such as Thelonious Monk and Dave Brubeck. With Major Holley taking over for Shaw and Dahlander on hand once again, Wilson's interpretations of other pianist's landmark compositions are enjoyable, as each piece is recast with his trademark swinging sound. He also adds an upbeat original of his own, "Sunny Morning." Fans of Teddy Wilson will not be disappointed with this reissue, which includes the complete contents of both LPs. ~ Ken Dryden