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Young, Lester / Live At Birdland
Album:Live At Birdland Collection:Jazz
Artist:Young, Lester Added:01/2008
Label:Esp-Disk' 

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Add Date:2008-02-03 Pull Date:2008-04-06 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:6 Apr16 Mar24 Feb10 Feb
Airplays:1111

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Album Review
Decca
Reviewed 2008-02-01 
Classic Lester Young, backed by a band that includes Horace Silver, Lee Abrams, and more. Recorded live in the 50s (don’t expect crystal-perfect sound quality), but with a wonderful “you are there” atmosphere (some crowd noise). I also love how he stands back and lets his sidemen fly. It’s solid, no-frills, and wickedly good. These recordings are from NBC radio shows, so there are often announcements and repeat tracks.

*1. Swinging and fiery with great solos and a tight groove.
*2. Relaxed and breezy “Foggy Day.” With the sax leading the way.
*3. Uptempo Latin-infused groove w/trumpet & piano kicking ass.
*4. Upbeat, crazily energetic bop with some nice twists & turns.
5. Short radio announcement, leads right into #6
6. :07 spoken announcement introducing the next track.
7. Alt. version of #4.
8. :25 spoken announcement of radio show, introduces #9
*9. Slow & lovely romantic classic. Let’s hold hands.
10. Announcement then upbeat jam w/great horns.
11. Announcement, then alt. version of #3. Not quite as energetic.
12. Alt. version of #5, the theme song. W/announcement.
13. :11 spoken announcement introducing track #14
14. Lazily warm and swaying love song, bad sound quality on trumpet
15. Another announcement w/Lester getting on mic.
*16. Sweet, lowkey love song. Gentle, romantic, & lyrical.
17. :11 another announcement, introducing #18
18. Upbeat bop w/more than a touch of R&B. Swinging.
19. Announcement then a too short, upbeat Tea for Two.


Track Listing
1.Oh Lady Be Good 10.Up 'n Adam
2.A Foggy Day 11.In A Little Spanish Town (2)
3.In A Little Spanish Town (1) 12.Theme: Lullaby Of Birdland
4.Lester Leaps In (1) 13.Announcement
5.Theme: Lullaby Of Birdland 14.Three Little Words
6.Announcement 15.Announcer & Lester Young Speak
7.Lester Leaps In (2) 16.These Foolish Things
8.Announcement 17.Announcement
9.Polka Dots And Moonbeams 18.Blues In G
 19.Tea For Two