Teddy Wilson, the definitive swing-era pianist, joins Piano Jazz host Marian McPartland in an engaging program of piano performances and conversation. Here, McPartland and Wilson discuss and play joyfully swinging renditions of songs from his early days in New York with Benny Carter to his many years spent with the legendary Benny Goodman. The fascinating conversation segments also cover such topics as the piano icon’s approach to learning new tunes, the importance of being relaxed while performing, his affinity for classical pianists such as Vladimir Horowitz, and the significant impact that playing for dancers had in the development of his sense of rhythm and swing. As entertaining as it is insightful, this Piano Jazz classic is an absolute must for all who concur with the Ellington axiom, "It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing."
"[Teddy Wilson and Marian McPartland’s] shared vision of excellence makes this an especially harmonious meeting in the annals of Piano Jazz."—Robert L. Doerschuk, Keyboard Magazine