One of the great synthesizers in modern jazz, Teddy Charles was a talented vibraharpist who made important contributions as a composer and an organizer of musical ideas. His trio and quartet recordings for Prestige in the early 1950s pointed the way toward experimental approaches that many other musicians later adopted. Although they deal with standard songs, the first eight tracks on this CD contain an adventurousness that was rare in 1951. Much of Charles's work with his 1952 quartet and the 1953 trio that produced "Mobiles" is decidedly avant-garde. Yet Charles never lost the vital rhythmic center that distinguishes jazz. Among his companions here are guitarist Jimmy Raney, drummer Ed Shaughnessy, bassist Dick Nivison, and pianist Hall Overton, whose teaching influenced Charles's musical thinking.
with Don Roberts, Jimmy Raney, Hall Overton, Kenny O'Brien, Dick Nivison, Ed Shaughnessy