Pres & Teddy
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Pres & Teddy

August 20, 1991

Song Title
All Of Me
Prisoner Of Love
Love Me Or Leave Me
Taking A Chance On Love
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Pres Returns

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 20, 1991
  • Release Date: August 20, 1991
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1987 Polygram Records
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  • Total Length: 42:56
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,478 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presidential Summit Meeting March 31, 2001
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In the 1950s, producer Norman Granz brought many of the previous decade's biggest jazz stars into the studio in order to capture their immense talent, and hopefully revive some careers in the process. The names now read like a who's who of the jazz hall of fame -- Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Art Tatum (for a different label however), Teddy Wilson and Lester Young. "Pres" as he was also known, was famous for his smooth, singing tenor saxophone voice, and it has never been better showcased than on his collaboration with pianist Teddy Wilson. The quartet, which is rounded out by Gene Ramey on bass and Jo Jones on drums, glides through six standards, and one Young original (the CD bonus track "Pres Returns"). "Pres and Teddy" has to rank right up there with any and all Verve recordings from the 50s -- which is pretty impressive considering the competition is classic albums like "Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson," not to mention all those great Bird recordings. "Pres and Teddy" is truly a summit meeting of presidential powers.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars [one of] THE BEST JAZZ SESSIONs... November 21, 2004
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Lester Young never sounded better: the Pres stretches out here as smoothly and sweetly as ever.
Teddy Wilson is spot-on his usual excellent game.
The standards are wonderful; recording time & sound excellent.
Solo Piano: Keystone Transcriptions 1939-1940
Complete Recordings
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you say ? You don't know this record???? July 24, 2003
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This extraordinary 1956 record by Lester Young has to figure in everyone's discotheque.A real must.
Here is a quartet you can dream of: Lester,Teddy Wilson on piano,Gene Ramey on bass and the Master,the greatest jazz drummer of all times, Jo Jones.(don't confuse him with Philly Joe Jones).
1956.Pres is 47,and three years ,two months and a couple of days later,he died at 49.Pres is 46,but he is old,tired of living in a world he doesn't understand.Pres drinks too much,Pres takes too much dope,Pres is starting to commit a long suicide.BUt here,Pres swings like he did twenty years before;maybe he thinks of the Basie days;maybe he thinks of his fantastic works with the young Billie Holiday ("I'll never be the same","this years's kisses",...);here Pres is in top form,swinging like mad.The greatest tenor sax player of all times,and one of the five greatest jazz artists of all times gives here one of his most majestic record.Here is an immense moment of music.Pres' versions of "all of me","Louise","love me or leave me","taking a chance on love","love is here to stay" are essential moments in the art of playing ballads.The superlative support of Gene Ramey,Teddy Wilson (one of my favorite piano players;Art Tatum once said,"I wish I could play like Teddy Wilson"!!!)and Jo Jones,the most fantastic drummer of jazz,gives this recording session a kind of swing that is rarely heard.The sound of the recording is perfect,Jo Jones' brushes are,of course,the best ones ever heard,Teddy's choruses are perfect models for every jazz pianist,and Pres' choruses here rank among the most magnificent phrases ever blowed on saxophone.By the way,Pres (for President) was Lester Willis Young's nickname.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swingers reunited. No one should be without it! April 19, 2004
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Norman Grantz's Verve get togethers were sometimes genius, like when he got Ella and Louis Armstrong together to do a series of recordings of the songs of Porgy and Bess. There is also his great Armstrong and Ellington together. Sometimes, they were not so good. Grantz and the artists' agents often did these sessions without any preparation for the artists, and often the mix of the artists was not the best.
However, many say, and I say, that this mixture of Teddy and Prez was a match made in Heaven. Lots of the old Basieites evaluated Teddy and Prez along with the Jazz Giants as one of the great Lester Young Recordings of the 1950s. Myself, I would add Prez's last album with Sweets and Little Jazz where Lester with just weeks to live played Clarinet on a lot of numbers. I couldn't get that one out of the CD player for a week after I bought it.
A lot of people believe the excellence of these particular recordings come from the fact that Prez was recorded not with rhythm players who were young Beboppers like he hired for his own combos, or the great Oscar Peterson, but when he had a rhythm section and accompanist who were of the same generation of swing players as Prez.
I certainly think that is true here. Teddy Wilson's piano playing always had the an approach similar to Prez's. He played with restraint and coolness while swinging.
Many of the Basieites, who recorded with Prez, Billie, and Teddy for Columbia in the 1930s, claimed he just didn't swing and wished they could have used Basie on the sides Teddy cut with Billie and also with other Basieites and Mildred Bailey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Best Jazz Albums Out There June 19, 2005
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
This album is truly a gem. This is a good example of a combo that really works well. During the 40's and 50's Norman Granz put together a lot of superstar combinations on the Verve label. Some of which did not always work out well. Buddy Rich on the album Bird and Diz is a good example of that. But this combination works perfectly. The smooth, light tone of Lester Young and the wonderful keyboard technique of Teddy Wilson on piano really compliment each other well. Pres is at the top of his game throughout this album, proving once again that Pres was still making top quality recordings in the later years of his career. Every song on this album is great and I definitely recommend this album for all jazz fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA LOVE THIS
Young and Jones together again is enough reason to give this disc an ear, but Teddy Wilson too??! Let me direct your attention to the vastly underrated Gene Ramey. Read more
Published 11 days ago by simon loekle
5.0 out of 5 stars My father is happy
I purchased this CD for my father who had been looking for this particular album. He was extremely pleased with it.
Published 5 months ago by Gail P Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven for me
When three out of four of one's most significant musical influences are on the same album, it's sheer heaven. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Recording
Phil Schaap calls Jo Jones the best drummer ever. His subtle work complements the elegance of Teddy Wilson's playing and Lester Young's improvisations. Read more
Published on October 17, 2011 by Jonathan Mayhew
2.0 out of 5 stars Wet Blanket
I hate to be the one to dampen the entusiasm for this music --as all the other reviewers seem to be enthralled-- but it's just not the best. Read more
Published on November 4, 2010 by Richard W. Cutler
4.0 out of 5 stars Pres & Teddy
Teddy Wilson is a really good jazz pianist. Coupled with Lester Young, and you get music worth listening to.
Published on August 13, 2010 by Sunbeam
5.0 out of 5 stars HEAVENLY MUSIC
These two gentlemen obviously got along famously. This CD is defenitely one of my favorites and is often plaid in our house.
Published on October 12, 2009 by Lennart Mansson
5.0 out of 5 stars Teddy and the President
Ive had this album for probably 25 years,but I could't resist a good value. This disc is a wonderful session of Pres and Teddy,witha great rhythm section(Gene Ramey and Jo Jones). Read more
Published on January 14, 2009 by Michael Palermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
Indeed, this is Young at his best; in his later years he may have been less consistent than in his youth, but when he was good, boy was he good or what? Read more
Published on September 17, 2006 by Nikica Gilic
5.0 out of 5 stars Proving Once Again Pres Was Still On Top
There is a common misconception that's been going around jazz circles for a long time now that when Pres got out of the army in the mid forties that his playing went drastically... Read more
Published on July 10, 2006 by Jazzman
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