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Pres and Teddy [Import]

Lester Young, Teddy Wilson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Verve (UMIS - Universal Import)
  • ASIN: B000024UGL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 11 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
Some years ago I bought the LP. It is getting a bit worn so I was delighted to find the CD on Amazon.
Lester is my (and countless others) favourite tenor player. You could name many others but no one else quite has that tone. If you wanted to select the best piano player for Pres then what better than Teddy Wilson: his playing on this cd is pure magic. Gene Ramey and Jo Jones also play wonderfully.
Most of the tracks are standards and the whole group plays with with empathy and with a lovely relaxed style. The last track, Pres Returns, is an upbeat blues : listen to the exchanges between Pres and Joe Jones in the closing bars.
This is my all time favourite Jazz record and belongs in everyones' collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prez and Teddy 26 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
There are many who would argue that this is Lester Young's best album. Prez finds himself in the wonderful company of Papa Joe Jones on drums, Gene Ramey and of course Teddy Wilson. Whenever he found himself in the company of at least one contemporary he would swing to the full and this is an example of him going all out. Lester Young's playing is the best he has been heard in a long time which contrast sharply with the other recording Lester Young and the Jazz Giants done just a day after. Prez's recordings for Verve were all of a high standard except one which I leave the reader to establish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A star quartet at their very best. 23 May 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Present day musicians, particularly British, could learn a lot from listening to this album, especially in the construction of live club performances or even new CD releases. Not that this is a "live" recording but because it is virtually 100% "standards". These days, young musicians especially seem to need to put programmes of "originals" together, and on the whole they have little merit and certainly will not stand the test of time.

Here we have four great musicians content to play "standards". There is no need for jazz musicians to keep composing new material; there is so many good tunes out there, and jazz musicians have the opportunity to add their variations every performance. What is more the tunes are familiar to the audience!

In 1956 when this was recorded Lester Young's abilities were (regrettably) fading, but here he pulls out all the stops. Perhaps his youthful vigour has passed but this has been replaced by relaxed confidence. Teddy Wilson is always a beautiful pianist to listen to, and here his performance excels. Drummer Jo Jones always provides a reliable swinging foundation, as does bassist Gene Ramey.

The original vinyl LP had just six tracks, six wonderful ballads all given the Jones / Young / Wilson / Ramey swing treatment. A study in confident, laid back, relaxing and engaging musicianship. On the CD there is a bonus, presumably spontaneous blues.

From its original release this album has always received outstanding reviews. Nothing has changed in nearly sixty years!
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5.0 out of 5 stars cool before cool was used as an expression 13 Sep 2014
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Pres , cool before cool was used as an expression.. His own language was 'cool' - things like "does madam burn?".and I've got eyes for that" - unique he was , ahead of his time with a sound like no other. These tracks are to be collected and really wiggled - for ever!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Press & Teddy 15 Feb 2008
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This is definitely a must have for anyone keen on Lester Young and an interesting fairly late recording.

I hadn't realised how well Teddy Wilson could play. He's certainly up there with Hank Jones and in my view as good a pianist as any .
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