Jack Teagarden: I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues


I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues


Jack Teagarden (trombone, vocals)


Father of Jazz Trombone (Avid 126)

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Jack Teagarden (trombone, vocals), Charlie Teagarden (trumpet), Benny Goodman (clarinet), Dick McDonough (guitar), Joe Sullivan (piano), Gene Krupa (drums),

Mannie Klein (trumpet), Art Karle (tenor sax), Artie Bernstein (bass),


Composed by Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler. Arranged by Arthur Schutt


Recorded: New York, October 18, 1933


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Swing Era and Big Band Era are not necessarily synonymous. Medium-sized groups produced much of the Swing Era's finest music. Here's a case in point. Benny Goodman was nominal leader, but the star is Jack Teagarden. As surely as Louis Armstrong redefined the jazz trumpet's role, Teagarden revolutionized jazz trombone. With trumpet promoted to bravura centerpiece, Teagarden subdued his instrument's traditional tailgate bluster in favor of understatement. Yet while playing half as loudly, Teagarden played twice as skillfully, developing unprecedented technical control. Add to that his laid-back singing, and the Texan's soft-spoken eloquence is more persuasive than the noisiest rant.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 1 Roger Strong // Jun 01, 2009 at 08:23 AM
    Jack must have played this countless times (it was afterall his theme tune for many eyars) but this is a great version with nice clarinet from Goodman and Joe Sullivan is great as well. Even in the ensemble Jack dominates when he wants to. Krupa makes sure it all moves along nicely. Great stuff and thanks for reminding me!