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Teddy Charles’ “Evolution” album

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The Jazz musicians listed on the album cover of this album “Evolution” only relate two the last two songs on this album and was recorded in Los Angeles, California on August 31, 1953. The songs are “Free” and the title track, “Evolution.” Teddy Charles then moved across the country and recorded the other 6 songs in Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J. on January 6, 1955. Here he was joined by J.R. Monterose (Tenor), Charles Mingus (Bass) and  Jerry Segal on Drums. Jimmy Giuffre (Tenor), Shorty Rodgers (Trumpet) and Shelly Manne stayed home. So in reality, it is two albums in one, why they titled cover in this manner and excluded those particular artists is a mystery to me. Either way its a great album to own, ENJOY!

About the album:

Although somewhat overlooked in the jazz history books, vibraphonist Teddy Charles was for a period an important participant in the early Third Stream movement, using aspects of classical music to revitalize West Coast-style jazz. This CD reissue features trumpeter Shorty Rogers, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Giuffre, bassist Curtis Counce and drummer Shelly Manne on a couple of advanced originals (one apiece by Giuffre and Rogers) from 1953. After moving to New York, Charles teamed up…..Read More

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Biography of Teddy Charles (Teddy-Charles.com):

Captain Ted Charles, owner of the Skipjack Pilgrim, is considered by many to be the most experienced owner-operator of commercial sailing charters on the east coast, sailing extensively from Martha’s Vineyard to the Caribbean. Since the mid 1960s, Capt. Ted has owned and operated commercial charter vessels from ports such as New York’s City Island and South Street Seaport, Miami and Key West, and throughout the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. Ted was formerly the owner and Captain of the Schooner Mary E.

Aside from his distinguished maritime experience, Teddy Charles is considered to be one of the great jazz vibraphonists and composers of all time, playing with such jazz legends as Charlie Mingus, Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. As a student at Julliard in the mid 40s, he haunted New York’s jazz clubs, occasionally sitting in with the bands on vibes or piano. His break came unexpectedly one night when he was asked to sit in on piano with Coleman Hawkin’s band for the overdue Thelonious Monk. Soon after, Charles began to appear regularly with the top jazz groups of the day…..Learn More

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