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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Lester Young Live (7-8/16) - 1950/1951 with Jesse Drakes, Ted Kelly & John Lewis, Gene Ramey, Jo Jones (For Europeans Only #6)



These sessions are fairly well-known, I think. The quartet dates with John Lewis have been released in various forms, for instance on the Italian bootleg label Jazz View.
I assume it's complete here, or at least as complete as it gets!

Fabulous stuff, to be sure!

Leave some comments, post some impressions, please!


Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order


Disc 7 /1950-1951


March 15, 1950
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City

Jesse Drakes t; Ted Kelly tb; Lester Young ts; unknown p; Al McKibbon b; Buddy Rich d
1. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 5:46
2. Be Bop Boogie (Young) 3:14
3. D. B. Blues (Young) 2:21
4. Just You, Just Me (Greer-Klages) 3:05
5. Sunday (Coots-Grey) 4:17

prob. April 2, 1950
Lester Young Quintet
Chicago

Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; unknown p, b, d
6. Tea For Two (Youmans-Caesar) 4:32
7. Blues in D-Flat (aka D.B. Blues) (Young) 6:25
8. Blue And Sentimental (Basie-David-Livingston) 7:18
9. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:56

January 6, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City

Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
10. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 3:47
11. Three Little Words (Kalmar-Ruby) 5:30
12. Neenah (Young) 4:25
13. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 5:27
14. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:06


Disc 8 /1951

January 13, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City

Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
1. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 4:01
2. Too Marvellous For Words (Whiting-Mercer) 6:00
3. Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 4:33

January 20, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City

Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
4. Neenah (Young) 3:38
5. A Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:43
6. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:00
7. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 4:37

February 24, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City

Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
8. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 3:45
9. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 3:25
10. Neenah (Young) 3:45
11. Lester Leaps In (Young) 4:24
12. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 1:04

March 17, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City

Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
13. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Theme) (Young) / Up ‘N Adam (Young) 4:22
14. Too Marvellous For Words (Whiting-Mercer) 4:52
15. Neenah (Young) 4:27
16. Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:58
17. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:01


10 comments:

ubu said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/70069155/PrezLive_CD07.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/70536000/PrezLive_CD08.rar

enjoy!

Musaklee said...

I'll jump for a short comment... at least a question:

Since you've started that exceptional serie on the Prez, I keep searching for the original Japan CDs you're mentionning or even the OOP vinyl boxset... but can't find anything. I think I'm even dreaming of it at night! Do you know how the originals look like? Have you seen it on vinyl?

Aside from that, I really want to thank you for the nice inserts you're offering for each file and the details for each of the recordings. It's very welcome. Sincerely.

Anonymous said...

hello :-)
just wanted to tell you that you have made my day much happier !!!
those cd's are so helpful for jazz history teaching. i had some essential recordings of young now i feel i have enough examples of his wonderful playing :-))
you are in my favorites ofcourse and i'll keep visiting you.
i used to have a nice blog here on blogger but some vicious ppl made most of the jazz cd's deleted in rapidshare and mediafire.
thanks anyway
Raz

ubu said...

Hi Raz,

glad you enjoy the series! Even better if you can use the music for teaching! All world should know about Pres! I'm sure it would be a better place then!


@ muskalee:

there were several of these sets, as far as I know besides Pres, there was a Bird and a Lady Day one. I have (scaled down) copies of the Pres booklet, and I've seen the other boxes at a friend's, but haven't opened them or had a closer look... too depressing, as I'll never have the original anyway! It's big bulky boxes, of course LP-sized (those were LP versions - I don't know about the format of the CD versions of these boxes, but my guess would be it's identical).
Not much help...

crocojazz said...

hi ubu, what a great blog!
thank you for this beautiful music.

see you here or on http://jizzrelics.blogspot.com/

(more out of print titles are coming...)

CJ

migwell said...

Hey, thanks a lot for these unusual Lester sides. Your hard work is appreciated!

hulaboy said...

Thanks again, Ubu!

J said...

thanks for the great post
still active 9/4/09

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Great stuff, thanks very much.

aroonie said...

Great blog, great music, great Pres with John Lewis. In his book "The Swing Era" Gunther Schuller rates John Lewis as the finest piano player for Pres. Hard to argue.