Few jazz modernists based in California visited New York during the Sixties, and fewer still were recorded by East Coast labels like Prestige. Tenor sax veteran Teddy Edwards was an exception on both counts, and It's All Right! gave his fans a then-unprecedented view of Edwards's skills as both composer/arranger and player. (His 1960 octet recording, Back to Avalon [Contemporary 14074], which includes an earlier version of "The Cellar Dweller," remained unreleased for 35 years.) Edwards conjures colors both bold and intimate with only Jimmy Owens's trumpet or flugelhorn and Garnett Brown's trombone surrounding his tenor; and he spots his sidemen's solos for maximum impact (consider Brown's stupendous "Wheelin' and Dealin'" effort as Exhibit A). Primarily, though, this date makes lots of room for the leader's tenor, which ranges from down home on the title track to seductively intimate on "Afraid of Love."
with Jimmy Owens, Garnett Brown, Cedar Walton, Ben Tucker, Lenny McBrowne