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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Lester Young Live (2/16) - with Buck Clayton, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet & others (For Europeans Only #3)

So Volume 1 was mostly the well-known (I assume) soundtrack of Gjon Mili's film "Jammin' the Blues" and some added rarities by the Lee & Lester Young band, as well as the two absolutely stunning tracks by the piano-less quintet of Pres, Shad Collins, John Collins, Nick Fenton and Doc West.
Here, for starters you'll get a terrific Jubilee All Stars date with Buck Clayton, Coleman Hawkins and others. On we go with some JATP again with Clayton, Hawkins, and also Illinois Jacquet. Then, to end this volume, we get the first recordings of Pres' regular working unit from 1948, live from the Royal Roost.

From "The Sound of Jazz" (l. to r.): Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan

A note on Pres and JATP: I don't think that all of the JATP material with Pres that was eventually collected in the great 10CD 1944-1949 JATP box on Verve was included in this 16CD set - the JATP discography is a mess, if you compare the info from the Verve box, which I assume is as well-researched as can be, with the crappy info on (see links on the right), you'll see what chaos there is... I have not done any comparison myself, but maybe once these 16 volumes are up, I might check and add additional material later.

Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 2 /1946-1948

Ca. April 22, 1946
Jubilee All Stars
AFRS Jubilee #190/192, Hollywood, CA
Buck Clayton t; Coleman Hawkins & Lester Young ts; Kenny Kersey p; Irving Ashby g; Billy Hadnott b; Shadow Wilson d
1. Sweet Georgia Brown (Pinkard-Bernie-Casey) 8:20
2. Oh, Lady Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 4:06
3. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) 8:33

May 27, 1946
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Carnegie Hall, New York City
Buck Clayton t; Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet & Lester Young ts; Kenny Kersey p; Curley Russell b; J. C. Heard d
4. Oh, Lady Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 10:45
5. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 7:36
These two titles were eventually released on the Verve 10CD JATP box

November 27, 1948
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Ted Kelly tb; Lester Young ts; Freddie Jefferson p; Ted Briscoe b; Roy Haynes d
6. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 0:44
7. Lester Leaps In (Young) 3:05
8. A Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 4:36
9. Just You, Just Me (Greer-Klages) 5:09
10. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 5:09
same date, add Kai Winding tb; Allen Eager ts; Hank Jones p; Ray Brown b; Ella Fitzgerald voc; probably omit Jefferson and Briscoe, maybe Kelly
11. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis) / Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 7:17
MC: Symphony Sid


ubu said...

Here's part 2:

ubu said...

By the way, all of these Prez uploads are VBR 192-320 but most ended up more or less at 192... I guess that has to do with the original files not being of any really good sound quality... don't let that stop you, however, as the music itself is stellar!

jeff said...

ubu - I just came upon your site (thanks to the mention at hupppes and hyalites). looks like you have some really nice stuff. including what looks like a wonderful andrew hill show in Lubano, 2004. I love his work, and with Greg tardy and Nasheet Waits too. but I don't have a dime account, and it wont let me register (says its full). any chance you can reload it on rapidshare or something of the sort? either way, I'm looking forward to checkingout some of the other great stuff here. thanks again,

ubu said...

I'll see. I usually don't re-up stuff, but that Andrew Hill concert is so good, I will give it a thought!

Danny said...

Thanks King!

I was born in the 1973 and by the late seventies and early 80's I had a few recordsof my own (from a music club by mail) that were thrown in with my dad's jazz albums. As I thumbed through the 9 to 5 soundtrack, Chipmunk Rock, Kenny Roger's the Gambler, and Saturday Night Fever, I found a beat up Lester Young with a pink cover and a photo of a girl on a swing. I listened to it and through the crackle, hiss, and skips, I heard the beautiiful cool sounds of Prez. No more Kenny Rogers, Chimpmonks or Beegees for me! I haven't stopped listening to jazz and Lester since then. I havent listened to these live recordings yet, most or all of which i haven't heard. I'm sure they are beautiful, anything with Lester is.