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AN INTERESTING BATCH OF PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED LESTER YOUNG!!
ALL TRACKS PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED
Uptown Records has recently come out with LESTER YOUNG -BOSTON 1950, a full CD of music recorded by Pres live at the Hi-Hat in Boston. Not one tune has been previously issued (these sessions aren't even listed on discographies!!) and most of them (14 out of the 16 tracks on the disc) were recorded in 1950, a good year for the saxophonist, who was still in full control of his talents and hadn't yet fell into the solo routines that characterized most of his last years (he would die in 1959).
The present broadcasts present him in a quintet format with his usual partner trumpeter Jesse Drakes, brilliant pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Joe Schulman, and Modern Jazz Quartet drummer Connie Kay.
Among the many highlights here are versions of tunes Young rarely recorded, such as "She's Funny That Way", "Body and Soul", and "You Can Depend on Me", plus his only known reading of Frank Loesser's "On a Slow Boat to China"!!
The last two tunes find Pres again at the Hi-Hat but three years later, in 1953, again with Drakes on trumpet and Connie Kay on drums, but with Horace Silver at the piano.
Given the broadcast nature of the performances, some tunes are incomplete, but sound quality is very good all throughout, and the musical quality is outstanding. A real find. - From the Liner notes
JESSE DRAKES, trumpet
LESTER YOUNG, tenor sax
KENNY DREW, piano
HORACE SILVER, piano on tracks 15 & 16
JOE SCHULMAN, bass
FRANKLIN SKEETE, bass on tracks 15 & 16
CONNIE KAY, drums
[1-9] Recorded live at The HIT HAT, 572 Columbus Avenue, Boston on June 4, 1950
[10-14] Recorded live at The HIT HAT, 572 Columbus Avenue, Boston on June 11, 1950
[15-16] Recorded live at The HIT HAT, 572 Columbus Avenue, Boston on February 1, 1953
01. Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (fragment with Allison introductions)
02. Too marvelous for words
03. She's funny that way
04. You can depend on me
05. How high the moon
06. The talk of the toen
07. On a slow boat to China
09. Jumpin' with Symphoni Sid (fragment)
10. Jumpin' with Symphoni Sid (fragment)
12. Body and Soul
13. Four flats unfirnished
14. Jeepers creepers
15. Up 'n' Adam
16. Blue and sentimental (incomplete)
Total Time: 64:08
*Lester Young performed at The HIT HAT from May 26 to June 11 1950. It's probable, but not certa.in, that tracks 1-9 were recorded on June 4, 1960 and tracks 10-14 on June 11, 1950