Perk Plays Prez · Bill Perkins Recreates The Historic Solos Of Lester Young
  • Lester Young
    Lester Young
  • Bill Perkins
    Bill Perkins
  • Jan Lundgren
    Jan Lundgren
  • Dave Carpenter
    Dave Carpenter
  • Paul Kreibich
    Paul Kreibich
  • Jack Sheldon
    Jack Sheldon

Bill Perkins

Perk Plays Prez · Bill Perkins Recreates The Historic Solos Of Lester Young

Fresh Sound 5000 Series

Bill Perkins (ts, cl), Jan Lundgren (p), Dave Carpenter (b), Paul Kreibich (d), Jack Sheldon (vcl), Lester Young (honored)

Reference: FSRCD 5010

Bar code: 7619936050107

01. Shoe Shine Boy (Cahn-Chaplin) 4:51
02. Easy Living (Robin-Rainger) 5:06
03. Pound Cake (Basie-Edison) 4:19
04. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:13
05. Song Of The Islands (King) 3:58
06. Shorty George (Basie) 3:47
07. Medley 7:50
-I Must Have That Man (Fields-McHugh)
-Foolin' Myself (Lawrence-Tinturin)
08. Taxi War Dance (Basie-Young) 4:55
09. Blue And Sentimental (Basie-David-Livingston) 5:04
10. Medley 6:15
-Oh, Lady Be Good! (Gershwin-Gershwin)
-'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Creamer-Layton)
-You Can Depend On Me (Hines-Carpenter-Dunlap)
11. Dickie's Dream (Basie-Young) 5:10
12. Easy Does It (Oliver-Young) 5:03
13. Let Me See (Basie-Edison) 4:47
14. I Left My Baby (Basie-Gibson-Rushing) 1:22

Album details

Total time: 68:30 min.

Bill Perkins (tenor sax & clarinet), Jan Lundgren (piano), Dave Carpenter (bass), and Paul Kreibich (drums). Guest artist: Jack Sheldon (vocal on #14).
Recorded at Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, June 26 & 27, 1995

Recording & mixing engineer: Jim Mooney
Assistant engineer: Don Mooney
Mastering: Joe Sidore
Photography: Ray Avery, Jack Nimitz & Bob Comden
Liner notes by Doug Ramsey

Produced by Dick Bank
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"Back in the 1950s, Bill Perkins had one of the coolest sounds of all tenors, a soft tone greatly influenced by Lester Young. Through the years Perkins continued to evolve, sometimes developing ideas inspired by John Coltrane while never losing his own musical personality. For this 1995 studio set, Perkins returns to his roots. In a quartet with pianist Jan Lundgren, bassist Dave Carpenter and drummer Paul Kreibich, Perkins performs a variety of classic swing standards in the style of Prez (circa 1936-1942), recreating note-for-note Lester Young solos and then building up improvisations in his own style while stretching but purposely not breaking through the boundaries of swing. Perkins' ability to emulate Young is quite impressive, and his tightrope act between copying the past and coming up with fresh statements is successful.

Jan Lundgren, who normally plays in a boppish style, not only brings back the spirit of Count Basie but that of Johnny Guarnieri and sometimes Duke Ellington too. Drummer Kreibich is tasteful in support and bassist Carpenter contributes several speedy solos. Among the many highlights are "Shoe Shine Boy," "Pound Cake," "Taxi War Dance" and "Easy Does It." The brief closer "I Left My Baby" has guest Jack Sheldon taking the vocal while Perkins (without the rhythm section) plays softly behind him. It is a pity that Lester Young's music from the 1950s is ignored and that Doug Ramsey, in his otherwise worthwhile liner notes, repeats the inaccurate notion that Young's post-war recordings paled next to his earlier ones. But, that minor reservation aside, this is a set that should delight both mainstream and Lester Young fans."

Scott Yanow —All Music Guide


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