Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lester Young Trio (with Nat "King" Cole)

One of Lester Young's most memorable post-World War II dates came in 1946, when he entered a Los Angeles studio and formed a trio that employed Nat King Cole on piano and Buddy Rich on drums. In 1994, the results of that classic encounter, which Norman Granz produced for his Clef label, were reissued on the CD Lester Young Trio. Unfortunately, the sound is pretty scratchy, and one wishes that Verve had used digital remastering to reduce the noise. But the performances themselves are outstanding. From the blues "Back to the Land" to the soulful ballad statements of "The Man I Love" and "I Cover the Waterfront," Lester Young Trio explodes the absurd myth that Young's postwar output is of little or no value -- a myth that many jazz critics have been all too happy to promote. The CD's four bonus tracks (which include "Sweet Lorraine," "Rosetta" and "I've Found a New Baby") come from a 1943 or 1944 session that didn't employ Young at all, but rather, was led by tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon and features trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and Cole, among others. Listeners might ask what that session, which was Gordon's first as a leader, has to do with Young, and the answer is that it illustrates Young's tremendous influence on Gordon. At that point, Gordon still sounded a lot like Young, was still playing swing rather than bebop and had yet to develop a recognizable sound of his own, although by 1945, Gordon would become quite distinctive and influential himself. Highly recommended.
Alex Henderson

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/lester-young-trio-mw0000624230

Lester Young
(with Nat "King" Cole)


1 Back to the Land (Young)  3:52
2 I Cover the Waterfront [take 1] (Green, Heyman)  3:41
3 I Cover the Waterfront [take 2] (Green, Heyman)  4:03
4 Somebody Loves Me (DeSylva, Gershwin, MacDonald)  3:52
5 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  5:04
6 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:49
7 Peg O' My Heart (Bryan, Fisher)  4:03
8 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  3:57
9 Mean to Me (Ahlert, Turk)  4:11
10 Back to the Land (Young)  3:47
11 I've Found a New Baby (Palmer, Williams)  4:39
12 Rosetta (Hines,  Woode)  5:07
13 Sweet Lorraine (Burwell, Parish)  4:54
14 Blowed and Gone (Edison)  4:42


[# 1-10]
Lester Young - ts
Nat "King" Cole - p
Buddy Rich - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; late March or April, 1946
[# 11-14]
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp
Dexter Gordon - ts
Nat "King" Cole - p
Red Callender or Johnny Miller - b
Clifford "Juicy" Owens - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; summer 1943 or late summer 1944


Melanchthon said...


5 cents said...

thank you Mel. Best jazz site on the net!!

5 cents said...

thank you Mel. Best jazz site on the net!!

CrunchyFrog said...

great share - thank you!!

Uri said...

Great stuff.

Thanks for the share Mel.

vsense said...

Looks like fun,

John Pickworth said...

Thanks Mel !

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel

The Jackal said...

Mel, a great addition to the Pres story getting closer to his peak. Merci

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

MrBill said...

Thank you, sir!

Vizcacha said...

Thank you!
desert island record!

duck said...

Mel, thanks again for all your great work, this Lester Young album is a replacement for me.

Jorge Rubén Sosa said...

Gracias Mel!!! Maravilloso disco!.
Saludos desde la Patagonia Argentina

Luis G. Rangel B. said...

Mel! Could you please upload the file again?? Greetings from Barcelona