Lester Young In Washington, D.C., Volume 1 (Live)
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- Released: August 15, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: OJC
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Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Bill Potts (piano); Norman Williams (bass); Jim Lucht (drums).
Recorded at Olivia Davis' Patio Lounge, Washington, D.C. on December 7, 1956. Includes liner notes by Bill Potts.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1987, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Bill Potts (piano); Jim Lucht (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bill Potts.
Recording information: Olivia Davis's Patio Lounge, Washington DC (12/07/1956).
Photographer: Phil Stern.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jim Lucht; Norman Williams; Bill Potts.
This CD documents a date Lester Young (also known as "Pres") played with the house band (Bill Potts Trio) at Olivia Davis's Patio Lounge in the District of Columbia. It would have been just another gig had pianist Bill Potts not lured Young into letting him record the music by buying him a bottle of Hennessy cognac. Fortunately, Young took the bait, for decades later we have a wonderful example of the tenor legend's exquisite abilities in his later period.
Many critics claim that Young's playing went steadily down hill after his tenure in the military (where he was the victim of fierce racism). However, Young displays a joie de vivre on this CD that is simply contagious. Made up of mostly standard tunes such as "I Can't Get Started," "Jeepers Creepers," "A Foggy Day," and others, Pres and company really shine. Perhaps the highlight of the set is the uptempo version of "Tea for Two" that showcases Young's cool tone and behind-the-beat phrasing even at a faster tempo. Drummer Jim Lucht also plays some very creative eight bar solo breaks on this song.
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