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.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1996, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Bill Potts (piano); Norman Williams (bass guitar); Jim Lucht (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Phil DeLancie.
Liner Note Author: Dan Morgenstern.
Recording information: Olivia Davis's Patio Lounge, Washington DC (12/03/1956-12/09/1956).
Photographer: Phil Stern.
This second of five volumes documenting a particularly inspired night for Lester Young, this CD really burns with energy and enthusiasm. Even ballads such as "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" are played with Young's characteristic cool approach, but also with a great keenness for the music. 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, the eagerness and playfulness of this CD proves that Young still had a lot of vitality and musical invention left in him, even late in his career.
Unfortunately, the recording fidelity is not all that great on this CD, but the fine performance by Young and his cohorts more than makes up for this. Supported by an obscure trio, the level of musical and technical prowess of pianist Bill Potts, drummer Jim Lucht and bassist Norman Williams is surprising. Highlights include the vigorous "Lullaby of Birdland," and the equally bouncy "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid."