Lester Young - Laughin' to Keep from Cryin (APE+CUE)
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One of tenor-saxophonist Lester Young's final studio sessions (he died a year later), this date apparently had a lot of difficulties but the recorded results are excellent. Prez was joined by two great swing trumpeters (Roy Eldridge and Harry "Sweets" Edison) and a fine rhythm section for two standards, two originals and the ballad "Gypsy in My Soul." Young takes rare clarinet solos on two of the selections with his emotional statement on "They Can't Take That Away from Me" being one of the highpoints of his career.
Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Harry "Sweets" Edison, Roy Eldridge (trumpet); Hank Jones (piano); Herb Ellis (guitar); George Duvivier (bass); Mickey Sheen (drums).
01 Salute to Benny
02 They Can't Take That Away from Me
04 Gypsy in My Soul
05 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
06 Ballad Medley
07 Mean to Me