Personnel: Joe Williams, Dave Pell, Bob Cooper (tenor saxophone); Bob Efford (baritone saxophone); Nat Pierce (piano); Al Hendrickson (guitar); Monty Budwig (bass); Frank Capp (drums).
Reissued in 1999.
Dave Pell's Prez Conference was to Lester Young what Supersax is to Charlie Parker. Pell's short-lived group featured harmonized Lester Young solos recreated by three tenors and a baritone; their matchup with singer Joe Williams is quite enjoyable. Since Young was in Count Basie's orchestra when Jimmy Rushing was the vocalist, Joe Williams has a rare opportunity to give his own interpretation to Rushing and Billie Holiday classics like "I May Be Wrong," "You Can Depend on Me," "If Dreams Come True" and "Easy Living." A delightful and swinging date. ~ Scott Yanow