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A Hundred Years From Today

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A Hundred Years From Today

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Jack Teagarden, Gerry Mulligan
Producers:
Grudge
genre:
Jazz

We gave it an A-

If you don’t know Teagarden, A Hundred Years From Today isn’t the best place to meet him. If you’re a fan, however, the long-awaited release of this 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival concert (his last) will come as a revelation. It’s not just the music, which is played by a band that includes Pee Wee Russell, Gerry Mulligan (a fabled guest appearance), Joe Sullivan, and three members of the Teagarden family, including his 74-year-old ragtime-playing mama. What gives this record a nearly novelistic subtext is the mood he was in: Nostalgic and pleasantly embalmed (Teagarden was a prodigious drinker), he tells story after story in his nasal Texas twang, which is almost as warming as his incomparable blues trombone. A-