Gentleman of Keyboard, a Giants of Jazz compilation released in 1990, is a jumbled assemblage of great jazz recordings made between May 1934 and July 1957 by pianist and bandleader Teddy Wilson (1912-1986). The list of collective personnel on this one disc is staggering, as Wilson consistently worked with innovators and individualists who decisively shaped the evolution of jazz over the years. Among literally dozens of noteworthy participants are vocalists Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as well as tenor saxophonists Ben Webster and Lester Young. Wilson is also heard in his famous role as a member of the Benny Goodman Quartet and Sextet[these performances alone warrant the admission fee - d3lta]. Though it would take quite a number of Wilson collections to accurately demonstrate the magnitude of his contribution to the history of jazz, Gentleman of Keyboard is as good a place to begin as any. ~ arwulf arwulf, All Music Guide
1. Somebody Loves Me 2. I'm Painting the Town Red 3. All My Life 4. Why Do I Lie to Myself About You? 5. Way You Look Tonight 6. Sailin' 7. I've Found a New Baby 8. Just a Mood 9. If Dreams Come True 10. I Got Rhythm 11. Jumpin' for Joy 12. Wham (Re Bop Boom Bam) 13. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) 14. 71 15. China Boy 16. (Back Home Again In) Indiana 17. I Want to Be Happy - Edmond Hall, Teddy Wilson 18. Rose Room 19. Just Like a Butterfly (That's Caught in the Rain) 20. Fine and Dandy 21. Under a Blanket of Blue 22. Sweet Lorraine 23. Air Mail Special
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