Lester Young Trio

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The Lester Young Trio
TheLesterYoungTrio Mercury.jpg
Studio album by Lester Young
Released 1951
Recorded March–April 1946, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Jazz
Label Mercury (Verve CD re-issue in 1994)
Producer Norman Granz
Lester Young chronology
Lester Swings
(1945)
The Lester Young Trio
(1951)
Carnegie Blues
(1955)
The Lester Young Trio No. 2
1953 Clef Records release
CD combination / re-issue cover
1994 Verve CD re-issue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Lester Young Trio and The Lester Young Trio No. 2 are jazz trio albums recorded in Hollywood, California in March–April 1946 by Lester Young with Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich.

Release history[edit]

The recordings were produced by Norman Granz and the first 4 tracks were released in 1951 on a Mercury Records 10 inch LP, The Lester Young Trio.[2] Another 4 tracks were released in 1953 on Norman Granz' Clef Records label as The Lester Young Trio No. 2.[3] All 8 trio tracks were combined on a 12 inch Norgran LP, The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio[4] released in 1955. Nat King Cole was under contract with a different record label at the time so was credited only as "Aye Guy" on the original Mercury / Clef / Norgran releases.

In 1994 Verve Records released a CD version of The Lester Young Trio which combined all 8 tracks from the 1946 Hollywood trio recordings, plus an alternate take of "I Cover the Waterfront" and an additional shortened version of "Back to the Land", together with 4 additional tracks recorded earlier by a quintet with Nat King Cole (but without Lester Young or Buddy Rich).

Track listing[edit]

The Lester Young Trio[edit]

LP side A

  1. "I Cover the Waterfront" (Green, Heyman) – 4:05
  2. "Somebody Loves Me" (MacDonald, DeSylva, Gershwin) – 3:54

LP side B

  1. "I've Found a New Baby" (Palmer, Williams) – 4:07
  2. "Back to the Land" (Young) – 4:05

The Lester Young Trio No. 2[edit]

LP side A

  1. "I Want to Be Happy" (Caesar, Youmans) – 3:58
  2. "Peg O' My Heart"[5] (Bryan, Fisher) – 4:06

LP side B

  1. "Mean To Me" (Ahlert, Turk) – 4:15
  2. "The Man I Love" (Gershwin, Gershwin) – 3:58

Bonus tracks on Verve 1994 CD re-issue[edit]

2 tracks from the original 1946 Young-Cole-Rich trio recording sessions:

  • "I Cover the Waterfront" (alternate take) – 3:56
  • "Back to the Land" (edited version) – 3:54

4 tracks from earlier Nat King Cole sessions (without Young or Rich):

  • "I've Found a New Baby" (Palmer, Williams) – 4:40
  • "Rosetta" – 5:09
  • "Sweet Lorraine" (Burwell, Parish) – 4:55
  • "Blowed and Gone" – 4:41

Personnel[edit]

Personnel on 4 of the CD re-issue bonus tracks

References / notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Lester Young Trio (1951) Mercury MGC 104, re-issued as Clef MGC 104
  3. ^ The Lester Young Trio No. 2 (1953) Clef MGC 135
  4. ^ The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio (1955) Norgran MGN 1074, re-issued as Verve MGV 8164
  5. ^ Young / Cole duo - no drums

Sources[edit]

Gridley, Mark C. Jazz Styles: History & Analysis. 9th N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2006. Print.