Jazz Giants '56
Lester Young (ts), Roy Eldridge (tp), Vic Dickenson (tb), Teddy Wilson (p), Freddie Green (g), Gene Ramey (b), Jo Jones (d)
This edition contains tenor saxophonist Lester Young's complete "Jazz Giants '56" septet session accompanied by some of the finest swing musicians of the period.
In addition, a star-studded 27-minute blues from one of Norman Granz' Jam Session sessions, has been added as a bonus track.
Pure Mainstream Jazz with the finest sound quality possible.
01. I GUESS ILL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN (9:26)
02. I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS (10:01)
03. GIGANTIC BLUES (6:50)
04. THIS YEARS KISSES (6:45)
05. YOU CAN DEPEND ON ME (9:01)
06. FUNKY BLUES NO.2 (27:35) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 69:39 min.
Tracks #1-5 originally issued in LP as Verve MG V-8146.
Track #6 taken from the "Norman Granz Jam Session #9" (Verve MG V-8196).
Personnel on #1-5: Lester Young (ts), Roy Eldridge (tp), Vic Dickenson (tb), Teddy Wilson (p), Freddie Green (g), Gene Ramey (b) and Jo Jones (d). Recorded at Fine Sound Studios, New York City, on January 12, 1956.
Personnel on track #6: Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie (tp), Bill Harris (tb), Buddy DeFranco (cl), Flip Phillips (ts), Oscar Peterson (p), Herb Ellis (g), Ray Brown (b) and Louis Bellson (d). Recorded in Hollywood, California, on October 30, 1954.
"Even critics who feel (against the recorded evidence to the contrary) that little of tenor saxophonist Lester Young's postwar playing is at the level of his earlier performances make an exception for this session. Young was clearly inspired by the other musicians (trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trombonist Vic Dickenson, pianist Teddy Wilson, guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Jo Jones), who together made for a very potent band of swing all-stars. The five songs on this album include some memorable renditions of ballads and a fine version of "You Can Depend on Me," but it is the explosive joy of the fiery "Gigantic Blues" that takes honors. This set, a real gem, is highly recommended."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide