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Tribute to Lester


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  • Audio CD (March 14, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: King
  • ASIN: B00000177A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction
2. Fine And Dandy
3. Fooling Myself
4. D. B. Blues
5. You're Driving Me Crazy
6. Easy Living
7. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
8. No Eyes blues
9. This Years Kisses
10. There Will Never Be Another You
11. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bencharif on February 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Never having heard her in live performance, I can judge the late Lorez Alexandria solely on the basis of her recordings. On that basis, my opinion is that she is not of the stature of a Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. But she's very close.
On this live, club-date recording--which appears to date from the 1950s, subtitled "A Tribute to Lester Young"--she's backed by a rhythm section, a trumpet and a trombone, as well as a vibraphone on one cut.
Alexandria clearly was already a very confident, polished performer when this date was recorded; her phrasing and scatting are perfection and her interaction with the other musicians is easy yet tight at the same time.
While I prefer her choice of material and backup on the later "Deep Roots" (1960), on this reissue CD Alexandria makes standards like "Fine and Dandy," "Easy Living" and "There Will Never Be Another You" very much her own. Her voice is rich, supple and expressive, but the most singular aspect of this CD is her scatting.
Unlike many jazz singers of her generation, Alexandria was a natural at scatting (compare her work to Dianne Reeves's pretentious, overwrought live performances on recording).
On a number of cuts, her confident, straight-ahead scatting makes her voice simply another of several instruments on the bandstand.
The recording quality on this CD is good, but a major problem is the absence of any credits, dates, or liner notes. Still, we are fortunate to have this and other CDs that allow Alexandria's stellar work to live on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Capucine on February 16, 2004
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Lorez Alexandria never received the recognition she was due as an exquisite jazz vocalist. Aside from her talents for timing, phrasing and capturing the nuances of a song, she is a straight ahead scat artiste. Those who are not familiar with her work are in for a real treat when exposed to her fine vocal abilities. The timbre of her voice and the way she effortlessly let's her scatting become another musical instrument is phenomenal. A classy, unforgettable perfomer who exhibits extraordinary vocal technique in the jazz genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By salubriousjazz on February 16, 2003
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In a small intimate club setting, Miss Alexandria's awesome performance promulgates quite emphatically a sterling empirical fact, she is indeed one of the greatest Jazz Singers who ever lived. During this magnificent live set recorded in 1958, all of her superb artistic skills are in abundance even at this early stage of her career. Her brilliant command of dynamics, formidable sense of rhythm and timing, her flawless phrasing, impeccable diction and intonation are all stunningly evident throughout her performance.

Lorez's astute and dynamic musicianship places her in oneness with her band mates throughout this album. The tight interplay with her musicians, and total command of the musical environment gives the effect of her voice being just another instrument in the whole aggregation. Her consummate skills and control of her voice permits her to scat ever so effortlessly and naturally. Her voice sounds and feels as if it were a beautiful Bermuda breeze on an exquisite summer day.

Her extensive knowledge of the intricacies of this art form, permits her to navigate deep inside the chord changes as if her voice were a horn. A highly calibrated laser beam performing complicated and perplexing musical surgery, with us the patient experiencing a pain free euphoria of cultural bliss. My goodness what a magnificent singer!

Her partners in musical crime on this date are the wonderfully explosive King Fleming Septet. King Fleming was her early advocate and arranger who produced her brilliant debut LP, "This Is Lorez". The set opens with an intoxicating "Fine and Dandy" and boy is it just that! It segues into a beautiful ballad rendition of "Fooling Myself". On this, her velvety soft dynamics paint exquisite pastels that flow into a rambunctious "D.B.Blues.
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