Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lou Levy Trio

This Nocturne album (recorded in September 23, 1954) represents the return of Lou Levy to the jazz scene after three years absense Since his professional debut with Georgie Auld in 1947, he accompanied Sarah Vaughan, and toured Scandinavia with Chubby Jackson at the end of '47. Later he worked with several bands and groups — Boyd Raeburn, Woody Herman, '49-'50 ; Louis Bellson-Terry Gibbs Sextet, '50 ; Tommy Dorsey, Georgie Auld again and then Flip Philips all in 1951, after which he settled in Minneapolis working as an advertising salesman for a dental survey publication.
In spring 1954 Lou traveled to L.A. and met his old fried Harry Babsin who invited him to record in his own Nocturne label. Lou made two records dates, one with Virgil Gonsalves and the other this trio session, which unfortunately remained unissued until now. At that time the record was announced as an imminent release on Nocturne, but the company ceased its activities just before the record could come out. At last this album has been rescued from oblivion and appears now with its original number, NLP-10. Backing Lou Levy, are two regular members of the Nocturne label, Larry Bunker drums, and the company's founder, the venerable Harry Babasin on bass...
J[ordi] P[ujol], from the booklet

The
Lou Levy
Trio

Tracks

1 The Gentlemen is a Dope (Rodgers, Hart)  2:18
2 Serenade in Blue (Warren, Gordon)  2:40
3 Woody'n You (Gillespie)  3:03
4 Without You (Stamper, Buck)  3:33
5 All the Things You are (Kern, Hammerstein)  3:36
6 Tiny's Other Blues (Levy, Kahn)  2:26
7 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen)  2:54
8 Bloo Denim (Levy)  3:24

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Personnel
Lou Levy - p
Harry Babasin - b
Larry Bunker - dr

Recorded in Hollywood ; September 23, 1954

23 comments:

Scoredaddy said...

great post. Levy was a superior pianist. he worked for Sinatra many times as he was an able accompanist as well

Anonymous said...

Thank a lot!

BP

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you for posting Lou Levy.

grumpy said...

Another great post, many thanks.

the doc said...

very nice! I always enjoy Lou Levy. Thanks

swingingduck said...

Thank you for Lou.

mel said...

Thank you very much.

mel468

Otis Foster said...

Thanks for Lou

VeryBlasted said...

Used to see Lou play Sundays at the Washbag back in the day. Sometimes Stan would sit stop by and blow a couple...

Thanks for this Monsieur Melanchton.

cvllos said...

mel, it seems that Levy had few recording jobs; it's hard to find.
This one is new to me; Thanks once more and congratulations for your original choices.

Alberto said...

Muchas gracias.

estravagario said...

Thank you very much for your postings !!!

Harry said...

A new Lou Levy for me - very much looking forward to listening. Thanks, Mel.

glinka21 said...

I'd given up on finding any Levy on the Web, with my own personal collection of Xanadu LPs my only recourse. Glad to see somebody else recognizes what a superb pianist he was! Thanks a great deal for this, and the only uploads.

Melanchthon said...

http://www45.zippyshare.com/v/RWCMakTB/file.html

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Doug said...

Thanks a bunch!

JustPlainHip said...


Thank you very much!

musician3 said...

EXCELLENT...............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thank you very much.

Antonio said...

EXCELENTE

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Fabulous! Thanks Mel.