Lester Young In Washington, D.C., 1956, Vol. 2

Lester Young

Lester Young In Washington DC 1956 Vol 2
  • CAT # OJCCD-881-25

    1. Lester Leaps In 4:57
    2. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) 4:10
    3. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) 6:14
    4. Three Little Words 5:37
    5. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid 5:27
    6. Almost Like Being In Love 3:25
    7. Lullaby Of Birdland 2:52

If Lester Young never duplicated his revolutionary artistry of 1936, neither was he a burnt-out case in 1956; far from it. He ended an active and successful year with a week at Olivia's Patio Lounge in Washington, D.C. Bill Potts, who led the accompanying trio, coaxed, cajoled, and bribed the great tenor saxophonist into letting him record much of the engagement for private use. When the music was finally put on LP records 24 years later, it was a revelation to those who had dismissed Young's later work. Circumstances, not ability, sometimes led Pres to play by rote. At Olivia's, the circumstances let him relax. He opened all of his mastery of melody, swing, tone, and rhythmic nuance to produce some of the best playing of his final decade. This second compact disc of the four volumes includes superb versions of pieces from Young's standard repertoire and his only known full-scale treatment of "Lullaby of Birdland."

with Bill Potts, Norman Williams, Jim Lucht

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