The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio

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The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio
TheLesterYoungBuddyRichTrio Norgran.jpg
Studio album by Lester Young, Buddy Rich
Released 1955
Recorded March, April 1946, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Genre Jazz
Label Norgran
Producer Norman Granz
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio is a jazz trio album recorded in Hollywood, California in March - April 1946 by Lester Young, Nat King Cole and Buddy Rich.

Release history[edit]

The first 4 tracks were originally released on Mercury Records as The Lester Young Trio.[2] The remaining 4 tracks were released on Norman Granz' Clef Records label as The Lester Young Trio No. 2[3] before all 8 tracks were combined and released by Granz' Norgran Records label as The Lester Young Buddy Rich Trio.[4] 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", with 4 additional tracks recorded earlier by a quintet with Nat King Cole (but without Lester Young or Buddy Rich).

Track listing[edit]

LP side A

  1. "Back to the Land" (Young) – 3:52
  2. "I've Found a New Baby" (Palmer, Williams) – 4:04
  3. "I Cover the Waterfront" (Green, Heyman) – 4:03
  4. "Somebody Loves Me" (MacDonald, DeSylva, Gershwin) – 3:54

LP side B

  1. "I Want to Be Happy" (Caesar, Youmans) – 3:56
  2. "The Man I Love" (Gershwin, Gershwin) – 4:48
  3. "Mean to Me" (Ahlert, Turk) – 4:09
  4. "Peg O' My Heart"[5] (Bryan, Fisher) – 4:02


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