Lester Young In Washington, D.C., 1956, Vol. 1
CAT # OJCCD-782-25
1. A Foggy Day 6:20 2. When You're Smiling 5:11 3. I Can't Get Started (With You) 3:34 4. Fast B-Flat Blues 5:49 5. D.B. Blues 7:49 6. Tea For Two 5:45 7. Jeepers Creepers 3:37
An absurdity perpetuated in jazz literature by retrograde members of the musical establishment and only lately beginning to be dispelled, is that in the final decade and a half of his life, Lester Young was a broken shadow of the protean originator who changed the soloist’s art in the late 1930s and early ’40s. Evidence to the contrary is apparent in this delightful recording made in 1956, a particularly good year for Young. On any given night with the right rhythm section, the president of tenor saxophonists could burn with swing and lyricism to surpass his multitude of imitators and all but the most inspired creations of his youth. The Bill Potts trio was the right rhythm section for Pres when he worked at Olivia Davis’s Patio Lounge in Washington. D.C. Fortunately, Potts taped the week’s proceedings, and 24 years later they were issued on LPs. This is the first to appear on compact disc.
with Bill Potts, Norman Williams, Jim Lucht
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