Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lester Young - Laughin' to Keep from Cryin'

This 1958 all-star date documents Pres on his last legs, about a year away from death. His tone is faltering and his energy level is low — especially on the clarinet, which he plays on "Salute to Benny" and "They Can’t Take That Away From Me." But still, on "Gypsy In My Soul" and "Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone," his entrances are pure Lester Young. One note and you know it’s him.
Joining Lester are trumpet greats Roy Eldridge and Harry "Sweets" Edison, backed by the fabulous rhythm section of Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, George Duvivier, and Mickey Sheen. Two tracks are previously unreleased : a jam-session-style take of "Mean to Me" and a three-part ballad medley that features each horn player in turn. Eldridge renders "The Very Thought of You," Sweets plays "I Want a Little Girl," and Pres recalls the old Basie days with "Blue and Sentimental."
Critics and Lester Young fans have long debated the relative worth of this album. One thing’s for sure: It would be a poor introduction for those not familiar with Lester’s work.
David Adler

Source :

Lester Young
Laughin' to Keep from Cryin'


1 Salute to Benny (Young)  8:32
2 They Can't Take That Away from Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:02
3 Romping (Young)  11:42
4 Gypsy in My Soul (Boland, Jaffe)  4:14   
5 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (Clare, Stept)  6:11
6 Ballad Medley  6:38
a. The Very Thought of You (Noble)
b. I Want a Little Girl (Mencher, Moll)
c. Blue and Sentimental (Basie, David, Livingston)
7 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk)  6:58


Lester Young ts & cl [# 1 & 2] [omit on # 6 b.]
Roy Eldridge - tp [omit on # 6 a. & c.]
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp [omit on # 6 b. & c.]
Hank Jones - p
Herb Ellis - g
George Duvivier - b
Mickey Sheen - dr

Recorded at Fine Recording, New York ; February 8, 1958


deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade.

5 cents said...

Had 320k rip, this is very nice. Merci.

5 cents said...

Had 320k rip, this is very nice. Merci.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Quibus said...

I have the LP, not the bonus tracks so thanks very very much!

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

Luis said...

I have this CD, I love the cover, is one of the best covers I've seen, so spontaneous.

Anonymous said...

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Prof. Yaffle said...

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steve said...

Thanks for this listen Mel . . . the cover is one of my favorite photos!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!