Pres & Teddy

August 20, 1991 | Format: MP3

$6.93
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  • Label: Verve Records
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  • Total Length: 42:56
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  • ASIN: B001NSSSVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,219 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This album is one of the best albums ever made by Lester Young.
Morten Friis
Teddy Wilson is amazing ALL THE TIME and his trio, including Gene Ramey and Jo Jones, had a good thing going.
M. Blum
I have this on LP, Tape, and Now CD, and whatever they make next I will buy this.
Tony Thomas

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Richman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 33 people found the following review helpful By B.E.F. on 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 By JEAN-MARIE JUIF on July 24, 2003
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Amazing.Terrific.Outstanding.Great.Essential.ETC,etc.
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 By Tony Thomas on 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 By Jay on June 19, 2005
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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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