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Lester Young Trio

Lester Young Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000046T5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Back To The Land
2. I Cover The Waterfront (Take One)
3. I Cover The Waterfront (Take Two)
4. Somebody Loves Me
5. I've Found A New Baby
6. The Man I Love
7. Peg O' My Heart
8. I Want To Be Happy
9. Mean To Me
10. Back To The Land
11. I've Found A New Baby
12. Rosetta
13. Sweet Lorraine
14. Blowed And Gone

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There are some that still maintain that Lester Young suffered such traumas during his World War Two military service that he never again produced the joyous form that marked his playing during his Count Basie period. The trio titles on this collection give the lie to that story, for in the Spring of 1946 when the recordings were made he played brilliantly. The unusual instrumentation of just tenor, piano and drums meant that Young could not phrase behind the beat to the extent of his earlier work and this gives his playing a new impetus. He produces long, serpentine lines over the pulsating drive of Buddy Rich's expert brushwork and the glittering piano backing of Nat King Cole. (Cole had signed a contract with Capitol Records and had to appear on the original LP issue as "Aye Guy"). The trio date comes complete with a couple of alternative takes while the relaxed "Peg O' My Heart" is a tenor-piano duet produced casually while Rich left the studio temporarily in search of food. To increase the playing time to a respectable 60 minutes, four 1943 vintage Dexter Gordon Quintet titles have been added featuring another ex-Count Basie soloist, trumpeter Harry Edison. --Steve Voce

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music to die for but poor remastering 23 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
I agree completely with most of the other Amazon reviewers in the USA: The music Lester Young made together with the Nat King Cole Trio on 15 July 1942 is among some of his best. However, it's a great shame that Verve did such a poor job mastering the music for CD. All is not lost, however! I recently discovered that six of the songs from this CD are also available on the CD "Lester Young: Exercise in Swing" by the Italian label Giants of Jazz. The remastering excellent. To boot, the CD is available on Amazon and also on Ebay. In addition, there are also another 10 classic Lester Young songs, like "Afternoon of a Basie-ite". If you love Lester and his great music, do yourself a favor and buy a copy of this CD. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music 5 Sep 2013
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What a lovely sound. Perhaps I would like a bit more variation in tempo but that aside this is great value
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lester Young Trio 3 Mar 2012
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Good album, interesting background, bought on the strength of a Julian Joseph recommendation in BBC Music Mag. Perhaps not what one might expect when one reads the informative sleevenotes / booklet, and recorded quality not 100% - could do with a clean-up. Nevertheless, a welcome addition to the shelves, and swift supply from USA.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music - appalling sound 21 Mar 2012
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It would be redundant to say how good Lester Young was and here he plays wonderfully with Nat King Cole who was such a brilliant piano player. I had heard a few of these tracks on a compilation CD and was really looking forward to hearing the whole session (or sessions). What a disappointment: first of all the CD wouldn't even play and when it did the sound was truly awful. How could Verve put out such a substandard recording - the tracks from this session I'd heard previously, on another label, sounded fine and had obviously been well cleaned up.
So 5 stars for the music but none for the recording!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh So Good 6 Nov 2002
By George H. Soule - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The important recordings on this CD are derived from sessions for the Lester Young Trio recorded in 1946. The trio is perfectly balanced. Prez is at the peak of his powers as is Nat Cole, recording as "Aye Guy." Prez and Nat Cole complement one another so well that one could argue that this is a classic collaboration for both musicians. Certainly, Young is as comfortable with Cole as he was with Teddy Wilson or Count Basie years earlier. The two derive obvious pleasure from one anothers' playing. The drummer is Buddy Rich whose pyrotechniques are understated, and his brush work is tasteful and appropriate throughout. This is great music from the bluesy "Back to the Land" to the upbeat "I've Found a New Baby." These recordings show why Young's tone and improvisational skills were the model for saxophone players. Prez swings throughout; the ballads are models of the genre. Cole's piano is lyrical, and his solos are precise statements, reminiscent of Earl Hines in their inventiveness and control. This is Nat Cole the pianist, before his apotheosis as vocalist. And he was among the best jazz pianists--as interesting as Bud Powell and the obvious model for such cats as Hank Jones, Ahmad Jamal, and Red Garland. These are excellent examples of Cole's playing. The solo on the second "I Cover the Waterfront" is elegantly tasteful. The interplay between Young and Cole is especially fine on this number, on "Somebody Loves Me," and "I Want to be Happy." The music is fine--masterful in the true sense of the word. This is an important collaboration--a valuable and important addition to any jazz library. For some reason, the disc has been expanded to include four tracks from a 1943 session featuring Dexter Gordon and trumpet player Harry "Sweets" Edison with Nat Cole. Good music, but I'm not sure why it's on this CD, except for Cole's playing and the obvious example of Young's influence on Gordon. Nevertheless, Young and Cole are masterful in the first ten tracks... Buy already!! Then listen.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Pres Album 7 Nov 2005
By Jazzman - Published on Amazon.com
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Lester Young is my favorite saxophone player and this is my favorite album of his. That wonderful Lester Young tone really comes through on this album. Pres' playing on songs like "Back To The Land" just puts chills down your spine. On top of Lester's great playing you also have two musicians who were superior players on their instruments and legends in their own right, and those are Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich. Nat King Cole, of course, was a great jazz pianist before he ever got into singing, but many people only know him as a vocalist. That's unfortunate, because there is a lot of great music that he made with his jazz trio. Of course, Buddy Rich is one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time, and he could accompany on a ballad just as well as he could play with fire. With a trio as powerful as Young, Cole, and Rich it's almost impossible not to make great music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of a Mind 7 Sep 2008
By Richard W. Cutler - Published on Amazon.com
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Here is Lester Young in 1946, after his stint in the army supposedly destroyed his creative powers, attacking --yes, attacking-- "I Found a New Baby" with such easy control that a casual listener might not realize how the song has been utterly transformed. His pianist, the remarkable Nat King Cole, feeds harmonic and rhythmic ideas to the saxophonist with such grace that one could believe the entire performance had been composed beforehand, except for the obvious underlying excitement. On ballads --all taken at Lester's favorite tempo --just the slightest bit slower than medium-- the two carry on a delicious, sophisticated conversation: Listen particularly to the consecutive takes of "I Cover the Waterfront" for an idea of collaborative discovery within the most familiar material. Young and Cole had recorded together in 1942, four splendid pieces for Aladdin Records, and this later meeting can only make you wish they had played together as a regular duo. My favorite is "The Man I Love," which begins apparently simply and gradually becomes more and more complex as Young and Cole gently but firmly prod each other toward deeper, subtle insights. Buddy Rich, known to most as a dominating drummer, shows (as he does on his Art Tatum sessions) that he knows when restraint is real strength. This collection is a testament to the power of masterful understatement.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time Classic Pres 11 April 2007
By KeithCT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is an unqualified masterpiece. Lester Young is exceptional and this is a rare opportunity to hear Nat "King" Cole play pure jazz. People who know him from singing "Unforgettable" etc may have no clue just how great a piano player he was and how great his jazz chops were. These two are a perfect match, and among all of Lester Young's wonderful albums I tend to agree with the reviewer who said this is the best. A word on sound quality: one of the reviewers downgraded this cd to 3-stars based on what he perceived to be awful sound. He exaggerates. This is a five star album, and the pops and scratches make this sound like an older jazz record. Jazz doesn't need to be squeaky clean to be enjoyed. Many jazz listeners still buy LP's specifically to hear the kind of sound quality captured on this CD. You want great music? Buy this cd
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pres At His Best 5 Jun 2005
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is not only one of Lester's best albums, but one of the best jazz albums out there. This should be a part of every serious jazz fan's collection. Pres plays with such emotion and such beauty in that warm, relaxed, wonderful tone that he is so well known for. But Pres isn't the only great player on this disc. The group in which he plays is a trio with Nat King Cole on piano and Buddy Rich on the drums. For a jazz fan, it doesn't get any better than that.
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