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Teddy Charles: the Early Avant-Garde

Teddy CharlesIn the early 1950s vibraphonist Teddy Charles made a series of records with Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, and others, that still escapes easy definition today–was it Third Stream? Was it West Coast? Was it cool jazz?

We’ll hear selections from his albums New Directions and Collaboration: West, as well as his 1956 Atlantic LP The Tentet, and appearances as a sideman with Wardell Gray and Miles Davis.

For more information about Teddy Charles, see Noal Cohen’s online Coda article. Also check out Jazzwax blogger Marc Myers’ interview with Charles about this period.

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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Margo
Teddy Charles — Collaboration: West (Prestige/OJC, 1953)
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Variations On a Motive by Bud
Teddy Charles — Collaboration: West (Prestige/OJC, 1953)
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Bobalob
Teddy Charles — Collaboration: West (Prestige/OJC, 1953)
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So Long Broadway
Wardell Gray — Wardell Gray Memorial V. 1 (Prestige/OJC, 1953)

Notes: Teddy Charles composition; recording debut of Sonny Clark and Frank Morgan.

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Easy Living
Miles Davis — Blue Moods (Debut/OJC, 1955)

Notes: Teddy Charles arrangement; Charles on vibes.

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Nocturne
Teddy Charles — New Directions (Prestige/OJC, 1952)

Notes: Break music.

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Mobiles
Teddy Charles — New Directions

Notes: Written by pianist Hall Overton.

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Polody
Teo Macero/Prestige Jazz Quartet — Teo Macero and the Prestige Jazz Quartet (Prestige/OJC, 1957)

Notes: Teddy Charles composition.

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Vibrations
Teddy Charles — Teddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic, 1956)
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Nature Boy
Teddy Charles — Teddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic, 1956)
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Green Blues
Teddy Charles — Teddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic, 1956)
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