||Pres in Europe CD (2000) |
Lasse Werner CD discography Recorded in November 1956. Includes liner notes by Dan Morgenstern.
Some jazz scholars argue that Lester Young's playing was never the same after his tenure in the military, where he was probably the victim of fierce racism. However, others claim that, due to his experiences in the army, his music became more sensitive, more beautifully subtle, and more finely wrought. Either way, his sound did become more airy, and more elegant (or delicate, depending on your point of view), in his postwar period.
By the time of this recording, Pres was already in the throes of alcoholism, and not at his best. However, this live album documenting two dates in 1956, three years before his death, shows that his powers of invention were never impaired. Young plays creatively on all seven tracks, two of which are only short fragments. He really shines here on the ballads "These Foolish Things" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," and renders effective melodic twists and turns on his own classic composition, "Lester Leaps In." For Young aficionados, PRES IN EUROPE is essential, if only to get an idea of the legendary saxophonist's playing acumen in his final years.
Digitally remastered by Malcolm Addey.
Reissue producer: Joe Fields.
Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Lasse Werner, René Urtreger (piano); Christian Garros, Lex Humphries ...
||Bombastica 1959-60 CD (1997) |
Lasse Werner discography The music on this CD is comprised of originals by pianists Kjell Samuelson (who only actually plays on one song) and Lasse Werner. Essentially advanced hard bop with some surprising twists, the lead voice on most of the selections is the rather dry-sounding tenor saxophonist Bernt Rosengran, who is featured in a quartet with fellow Swedish players. Added to the program are five slightly earlier features for Werner in a trio. The music, although well-played, is not ...