Lester Young: All of Me


All of Me


Lester Young (tenor sax)


The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve (Polygram 547087)

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Lester Young (tenor sax), Teddy Wilson (piano), Jo Jones (drums),

Gene Ramey (bass)


Composed by Gerald Marks & Seymour Simons


Recorded: New York, January 13, 1956


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

Propelled by Jo Jones's dynamic sticks, this tune (originally from the album Pres and Teddy) finds Pres in great shape, far from the brooding mood that was sometimes his at that period of his life. No wonder, when he's so well surrounded by familiar partners. His two solos before and after Wilson's are marvelously built and inventive, and Jones is most supportive and empathic all along, up to the "fours" he trades with the tenor. In fact, on this track, Papa Jo may be the second great of this master's quartet, and it's a wonder to hear the way he switches to brushes without losing a bit of drive behind the piano solo.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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