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 bookletThe
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
Lou Levy - p
Harry Babasin - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Hollywood ; September 23, 1954