Lester Young: There Will Never Be Another You


There Will Never Be Another You


Lester Young (tenor sax)


Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio (Verve 9884048)

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Lester Young (tenor sax), Oscar Peterson (piano), Barney Kessel (guitar), Ray Brown (bass), J.C. Heard (drums).

Composed by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon


Recorded: New York, November 28, 1952


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

You can tell how much Lester Young liked the melody of this piece. Not only does he play it with great feeling on this 1952 date with Oscar Peterson, but even Young's solo finds him returning again and again to Harry Warren's theme. Yet even slow ballads, at this stage in the saxophonist's career, were never smooth, uneventful outings, and we hear the gruff and rough edge characteristic of late-period Prez. You don't get much from Oscar Peterson on this track. The pianist typically showed restraint when working with Young, and his contribution here is limited to a short stride-oriented intro. The track lasts only 3 minutes and will leave you wanting more. Certainly this abbreviated performance shows you that Young was still delivering heartfelt solos in the 1950s, although fans first coming to this artist for the first time are advised to start their journey with the early Count Basie and Billie Holiday collaborations.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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