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).

Annotation last modified on 2006-06-12 14:30 .



Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 Vibe Solos Teddy Charles 1
1956 Collaboration West Teddy Charles, Shorty Rogers 2
1957 Vibe-Rant Teddy Charles 1
1959 The Vibraphone Players of Bethlehem, Volume 1 Teddy Charles and His Sextet 2
1960 Jazz in the Garden at the Museum of Modern Art The Teddy Charles New Directions Quartet 4
1964 Russia Goes Jazz Teddy Charles 1
1988 The Teddy Charles Tentet The Teddy Charles Tentet 2
1995 Coolin' Teddy Charles 1
2000 Salute to Hamp Teddy Charles 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 On Campus! Ivy League Jazz Concert Teddy Charles 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Evolution Teddy Charles 1

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