Teddy Edwards

Sunset Eyes- Complete Quartet Recordings (FSRCD 615)

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Sunset Eyes- Complete Quartet Recordings

Teddy Edwards

Fresh Sound Records


ZZZ 124515




Sunset Eyes- Complete Quartet Recordings

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When West Coast jazz was at its peak in the middle 1950s, tenorist Teddy Edwards was working around Los Angeles in relative obscurity. But late in the decade, when the Eastern sounds established forceful new trends, he came back with force.

In the words of pianist Joe Castro, “Leroy Vinnegar and I have played together off and on for four or five years. We were never satisfied with our drummer until we got Billy Higgins. Later casually Leroy introduced me to Teddy Edwards, when we did the Stars of Jazz TV show. Everybody felt good playing together and we naturally hung out and worked a lot together.”

The quartet began under the direction of Leroy Vinnegar, and soon worked and recorded under the leadership of both Castro and Edwards. These are all the recordings the quartet made. Edwards’ tone is vigorous, with a deep, throaty, visceral quality to it; and Castro, with his swinging and funky modern piano, is an ideal partner for this earthier direction in jazz.


CD 1
01. Love for Sale
02. Walk On
03. Old Folks
04. Groove Funk Soul
05. Yesterdays
06. Day Dream
07. It Could Happen to You
08. Play Me the Blues
09. That’s All
10. Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You
11. I’ll Be Over
12. Billie’s Bounce
13. A Foggy Day

CD 2
01. Up in Teddy’s New Flat
02. Me and My Lover
03. Sunset Eyes
04. Takin’ Off
05. Vintage '57
06. Teddy’s Tune
07. Blues in G
08. Scrapple from the Apple
09. What’s New?
10. You Name It
11. Take the “A” Train
12. The Sermon
13. Higgins’ Hideaway

Recorded in Hollywood, 1958-1960.

Personnel in all tracks:

Teddy Edwards (ts), Joe Castro (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b), Billy Higgins (d, vcl only on CD-2 ##2). Gloria Smyth (added on vocals on CD-1 ##10-11).