Pres & Teddy
  • Verve MG V-8205 Verve MG V-8205
  • Norgran MGN 1005 Norgran MGN 1005
  • Norgran MGN 1071 Norgran MGN 1071
  • Norgran MGN 1072 Norgran MGN 1072
  • Verve MG V-8181 Verve MG V-8181

Lester Young - Teddy Wilson Quartet

Pres & Teddy

Lone Hill Jazz

Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson, John Lewis (p), Gene Ramey (b), Jo Jones (d)

Reference: LHJ10327

Bar code: 8436019583272

This edition presents the complete original 1956 Verve album reuniting Lester Young with his old musical companions Teddy Wilson, Gene Ramey and Jo Jones. This was one of the last really swinging sets by Lester, who would die in 1958.

As a bonus, two more quartet sessions fronted by the tenor saxist, which also feature Ramey and Jones, but John Lewis replacing Wilson on piano. Recorded in 1951, the bonus tracks were originally issued as part of three different Norgran albums: "Pres", "The President" and "Lester's Here" (1956).


01. ALL OF ME (5:10)
03. LOUISE (5:18)
04. LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (6:50)
07. PRES RETURNS (6:18)
08. THOU SWELL (2:53) (*) Bonus Track
09. SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN (3:06) (*) Bonus Track
10. UNDERCOVER GIRL BLUES (2:42) (*) Bonus Track
11. FRENESI (2:59) (*) Bonus Track
12. PETES CAFÉ (3:33) (*) Bonus Track
13. LITTLE PEE BLUES (2:38) (*) Bonus Track
14. A FOGGY DAY (2:49) (*) Bonus Track
15. IN A LITTLE SPANISH TOWN (3:11) (*) Bonus Track
16. LETS FALL IN LOVE (2:54) (*) Bonus Track
17. DOWN N ADAM (2:55) (*) Bonus Track
18. LESTER SWINGS (2:30*) (*) Bonus Track
19. SLOW MOTION BLUES (2:54) (*) Bonus Track

Total time: 78:04 min.

Tracks #1-7 from the original 12" LP "Pres & Teddy" (Verve MG V-8205).

The bonus tracks are taken from:
Tracks #9, 12 & 18-19 from the original 10" LP "The President" (Norgran MGN 1005). Reissued in 1956 as "Lester Swings Again" (Verve MG V-8181).
Tracks #14-17 from the original 10" LP "Lester's Here" (Norgran MGN 1071).
Tracks #8, 10-11 & 13 from the original 10" LP "Pres" (Norgran MGN 1072).

Personnel on #1-7: Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Gene Ramey (b) and Jo Jones (d). Recorded in New York City, on January 13, 1956.

Personnel on #8-13: Lester Young (ts), John Lewis (p), Gene Ramey (b) and Jo Jones (d). Recorded in New York City, on January 16, 1951.

Personnel on #14-19: Same as [8-13] Recorded on March 8, 1951.



"Although it has been written much too often that Lester Young declined rapidly from the mid-'40s on, the truth is that when he was healthy, Young played at his very best during the '50s, adding an emotional intensity to his sound that had not been present during the more carefree days of the '30s. This classic session, a reunion with pianist Teddy Wilson and drummer Jo Jones (bassist Gene Ramey completes the quartet), finds the great tenor in particularly expressive form. His rendition of "Prisoner of Love" is quite haunting, the version of "All of Me" is also memorable, and all of the swing standards (which are joined by his original "Pres Returns") are well worth hearing. This date was recorded the day after Young's other classic from his late period, Jazz Giants '56."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

$16.27  (tax incl.)

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