This release presents te complete original LP Lester Young in Paris (Verve MGV-8378), which was Lester’s last studio album. He died in the early morning hours of March 15, 1959, only hours after arriving back in New York, at the age of 49.
As a bonus, some rare small group recordings made by Lester at Carnegie Hall in 1953 and 1955.
4 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
“Working with drummer Kenny Clarke, pianist René Urtreger, guitarrist Jimmy Gourley and bassist George Joyner, the group cuts an archetypically Youngian laid-back swath through such standards as ‘Oh, Lady Be Good!’ and ‘I Cover the Waterfront’.” (Matt Collar)
LESTER YOUNG, tenor sax
RENÉ URTREGER, paino
JIMMY GOURLEY, guitar
GEORGE JOYNER, bass
KENNY CLARKE, drums
Barclay Studios, Paris, France, March 2, 1959.BONUS TRACKS
(13-16) LESTER YOUNG (ts), OSCAR PETERSON (p), HERB ELLIS (g),
RAY BROWN(b), J.C. HEARD (d).
Carnegie Hall, New York, September 19, 1953.
(17) Same personnel as 13-16
except LOUIE BELLSON (d) replaces
HEARD and GIZZY GILLESPIE (tp), added.
Carnegie Hall, New York, September 17, 1955.
01. I Didn’t Know What Time is Was
02. Oh, Lady Be Good
03. Almost Like Been In Love
04. Three Little Words
05. I Cover the Waterfront
06. I Can’t Get Started
08. Pennies From Heaven
09. New D.B. Blues
10. Lullaby of Bordland
11. There Will Nevr Be Another You
12. Tea For Two
13. Introduction by Norman Granz
14. Up'n Adam
15. I Cover the Waterfront
16. Lester Leaps In
17. Birk’s Workes (The Modern Set)Total time: 63:44