Storyville Records Releases Teddy Wilson "Solo Big Band" 8-CD / DVD Box Set
Teddy Wilson made national news when he went on tour as part of the Benny Goodman Trio, the swing era's first interracial group.
Teddy Wilson's style evolved from the influence of Earl Hines, Art Tatum and Fats Waller, achieved a neat, quietly swinging symmetry, mostly in single-note lines, that was revolutionary in jazz and influenced countless musicians.
The box contains 8 CD's and 1 DVD. There are studio sessions, transcriptions, radio broadcasts and live performances from 1939 to 1983. The DVD is called Boogie Woogie Dream and is a short with Teddy Wilson's Big Band, Lena Horne, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons.
The 8 CD's are with solo piano, trio, sextet and big band His trio with guest soloists Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Kai Winding and J.J.Johnson.
Ben Webster is soloist on the big band recordings.
About Storyville Records
Storyville Records is one of the world's greatest jazz record labels and the oldest independent jazz label in Europe. Named after the notorious New Orleans district where jazz was born, the label was launched in Copenhagen in 1952 by jazz fanatic Karl Emil Knudsen. Storyville originally sold imported American records but when the burgeoning post war jazz scene attracted the American jazz artists to tour in Europe and Scandinavia Knudsen seized every opportunity to record his jazz heroes for the label.
By late 2003 when Karl Emil Knudsen, the self-styled Doctor of Jazz Archaeology," passed away, his Storyville label was considered by the jazz cognoscenti to be the Scandinavian equivalent to America's Blue Note Records. The Storyville archive includes recordings by Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Duke Ellington, Eddie Lockjaw" Davis and Benny Carter, to name but a few. Storyville Records was also instrumental in launching the career of some of the most influential Danish jazz artists including Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Fessor's Big City Band and the legendary Papa Bues Viking Jazz Band.
In 2005 Editions Wilhelm Hansen, a Danish company with over 150 years in music publishing and part of the Music Sales Group acquired Storyville from Knudsen's family. Anders Stefansen and Mona Granager, both long standing associates who worked with Knudsen to build the label, have stayed on with Storyville and will preserve the label's unique identity.
As part of the Music Sales family of companies Storyville Records is ideally placed to bring its wealth of classic recordings to new generations of jazz fans through CD re-releases, special collectors' CD edition of rare jazz recordings and digital downloads. We are sure that Karl Emil would be delighted to know that his label lives on within a fiercely independent music company that shares the same passion for great music.