A competent vibraphonist, Mr Charles had a fruitfull and innovative musical career, although overlooked.
If not ranking amongst the top players, his flexibility led him, during the 50's, to record as a sideman with Miles, Mingus, Pettiford, or Slim Gaillard.
Then busy doing his own stuff, including a good dozen records for Prestige, he eventually became a producer, before completely retiring from music for some silly "I'm off to the Caribbean" reason, where he happily lived until a late come-back to NYC in the 80's.

A very interesting personnality, highly contrasting with the traditionnal hard-bop myths-and-misery clichés, jazz fans should definitely take a closer hear to their Mingus to catch him, or even try his very own Evolution (Prestige).

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EvolutionTeddy Charles1


1952Vibe SolosTeddy Charles1
1956Collaboration WestTeddy Charles, Shorty Rogers2
1957Vibe-RantTeddy Charles1
1957Word From BirdTeddy Charles2
1959Coolin'Teddy Charles2
1959The Vibraphone Players of Bethlehem, Volume 1Teddy Charles and His Sextet2
1960Jazz in the Garden at the Museum of Modern ArtThe Teddy Charles New Directions Quartet4
1964Russia Goes JazzTeddy Charles2
2000Salute to HampTeddy Charles1

Album + Compilation

1982After HoursThad Jones, Kenny Burrell, Frank Wess, Mal Waldron, Paul Chambers, Art Taylor, Teddy Charles, Doug Watkins, Elvin Jones1
1999New DirectionsTeddy Charles1

Album + Live

1960On Campus! Ivy League Jazz ConcertTeddy Charles2

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