225

Lester Young: In Washington, DC 1956, Vol. 4

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Lester Young: In Washington, DC 1956, Vol. 4
Some jazz critics contend that Lester "The Prez" Young went downhill after World War II, but don't believe it for a minute. The seminal tenorist (who died in 1958) continued to excel during the last years of his life, and one of the great things about his 1950s output is the fact that LPs gave him a lot more room to stretch out. Underscoring the excellence of late period Prez, this album is the last of four volumes documenting an appearance at Olivia Davis' Patio Lounge in Washington, DC in 1956. Prez is backed by a local rhythm section comprising pianist Bill Potts, bassist Norman Williams and drummer Jim Lucht—not a fantastic trio, but a decent one that shows itself to be competent on such familiar material as "Pennies From Heaven," "I Cover The Waterfront" and Young's own "D.B. Blues." Young is as soulful and charismatic as ever, and his distinctive playing reminds us of the tremendous impact he'd had on Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Paul Quinichette, Phil Urso and countless other disciples. In fact, one could argue that The Prez was the king of the Cool School.

Highly recommended.



Reprinted with the permission of Myrna Daniels and L.A. Jazz Scene , the largest jazz publication in Southern California.

Personnel

Lester Young: saxophone.

Album information

Title: In Washington, DC 1956, Vol. 4 | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: Fantasy Jazz

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read All Figured Out
All Figured Out
Derek Brown and The Holland Concert Jazz Orchestra
Read Supersense
Supersense
Steph Richards
Read Alex Moxon Quartet
Alex Moxon Quartet
Alex Moxon Quartet
Read I Went This Way
I Went This Way
Rachel Musson
Read HH
HH
Lionel Loueke
Read Dominos
Dominos
Chuck Anderson

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.