This compilation assembles rare and hard-to-find recordings made by trombonist and bandleader Jack Teagarden in 1939 for the Brunswick and Columbia labels. Includes extensive liner notes.
Jack Teagarden: Jack Teagarden (trombone); Jean Arnold (vocals); Linda Keene.
Personnel: Jack Teagarden (vocals); Jeanie Arnold, Linda Keene (vocals).
Liner Note Author: Patrick Scott.
Arranger: Fred Van Eps.
Jack Teagarden was not only one of the finest swing trombonists of his generation, but also a very accomplished singer. Teagarden is captured here during his creative peak, with 24 tracks from 1939 that bespeak his brilliance.
"If It's Good (Then I Want It)" features both Teagarden's voice and his innovative trombone playing. Lesser musicians would probably overstate this simple lyric, but Teagarden relaxes into the melody and allows the words to resonate. The tune also sports a lighthearted trombone break, and here Teagarden slides flawlessly into the last phrase, making this one of the high points on the album. "Blues to the Dole" shows off Teagarden's band quite effectively. On this selection, his ensemble embodies the sound and feel of early jazz. Specifically, the "call and response" created between the clarinets, trombones, and trumpets evoke the New Orleans Dixieland tradition. In general, this compilation is filled with inspired bluesy solos, taut orchestral arrangements, and, of course, lots of old-fashioned swing.