Friday, June 12, 2015

Pres and Teddy - Lester Young & Teddy Wilson

Although it has been written much too often that Lester Young declined rapidly from the mid-'40s on, the truth is that when he was healthy, Young played at his very best during the '50s, adding an emotional intensity to his sound that had not been present during the more carefree days of the '30s. This classic session, a reunion with pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Jo Jones (bassist Gene Ramey completes the quartet), finds the great tenor in particularly expressive form. His rendition of "Prisoner of Love" is quite haunting, the version of "All of Me" is also memorable, and all of the swing standards (which are joined by his original "Pres Returns") are well worth hearing. This date (which has been reissued on CD) was recorded the day after Young's other classic from his late period, Jazz Giants '56.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Lester Young
Teddy Wilson
Pres & Teddy


1 All of Me (Marks, Simons)  5:07
2 Prisoner of Love (Columbo, Gaskill, Robin)  7:36
3 Louise (Robin, Whiting)  5:14
4 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  6:47
5 Taking a Chance on Love (Duke, Fetter, Latouche)  5:07
6 Love Is Here to Stay (Gershwin, Gershwin)  6:26
7 Pres Returns* (Young)  6:17

* Additional track on Compact Disc Only

Lester Young - ts
Teddy Wilson - p
Gene Ramey - b
Jo Jones - dr

Recorded in New York ; January 13, 1956


mybonnie77 said...

Thanks Mel, your posts are always amazing.

Philo said...

I have this album. It is an excellent session. The playing is strong and quite musical. Everyone sounds like they were having fun. The audio quality on the remastered cd is very good.

A wonderful post.

Orbyt said...

Unknown session I'm really looking forward to heaving. Great post Mel!

deGallo said...

Pres & Teddy....thank you.

Frasco said...

Many thanks again.....

PlantDoctor53 said...

Thank you Mel.

Angelo said...


ZM-JazzRock said...

Chér Mel,
Just today I found some free time to listen "seriously and concentrated" to these recordings.
Only one word to describe my experience: FANTASTIQUE!
Thanx a lot for this album mon ami!
Regards from Brazil.

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I just discovered your interesting and rich blog and would be very happy to get some albums you are sharing, but I cannot find the password to unzip them.

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bmaiani said...

Melanchthon University, again. Thank you!

Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks for all, Melanchthon!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks Melanchthon.

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John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Thanks

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!