Lester Young: Just You, Just Me
Just You, Just Me
Lester Young (tenor sax)
The Essential Keynote Collection 1: The Complete Lester Young (Mercury 830 920-2)
Composed by Jesse Greer & Raymond Klages.
Recorded: New York, December 28, 1943
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Photo by Herb Snitzer
This track includes Slam Stewart's usual shtick—singing wordlessly in unison an octave above his bowed bass solo—which has the cartoonish appeal of Popeye serenading Olive Oyl during Symphony in Spinach (1948) by literally sawing on a bass fiddle. Everyone must hear Stewart's shtick at most once. The main attraction here, however, is Lester Young playing the tenor sax with his customary sublime nonchalance. On the cusp of 1944, Guarnieri's Teddy Wilson-style piano sounds dated, especially when he resorts to steady left-hand comping. And Catlett's drumming is likewise mired in the Swing Era. But Pres, angelically unconcerned, glides above it all.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz