Teddy Charles Tentet: The Quiet Time
The Quiet Time
Teddy Charles (vibes)
Teddy Charles Tentet (Atlantic 1229)
Don Butterfield (tuba), Joe Harris (drums).
Arranged by Jimmy Giuffre.
Recorded: New York, January 6, 1956
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
One of the most forward-looking musicians of his generation, Teddy Charles fell off the face of the earth after the early 1960s—literally "off the earth" since he spent a significant amount of time in later years as a sea captain. But the coolest of the landlubbers lamented the loss of this significant talent, whose probing yet sensitive style made him an ideal participant or leader for experimental undertakings and out-of-left-field projects. This 1956 track finds Charles and company in fine form on a cerebral mood piece scored by Jimmy Giuffre. Nothing can be taken for granted here. At times, percussion takes on a melodic role, or horns drive the beat. The line between solo and accompaniment is a wavering one, and there always seems to be something happening in the background that deserves your immediate attention. Few later jazz artists followed down this path, but that might only be because of the demands of any journey in the wake of daring Captain Charles.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia