From the Record Shelves #249

The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise

LP Swaggie S1364

This is more a demonstration of skills than jazz, but when it is as good as this, I can take it in a small portion. Especially since I know that those musicians can do a lot more than that, which the fine Swaggie LP also shows. But it must feel good to let your fast fingers run when you are a virtuoso.

The tune itself has become suited for fast tempos and a technical showing off. I think I’ve heard several versions on banjo, for instance, but as a group performance, this must be the last word.

Together with Benny Goodman on clarinet, we hear Red Norvo on vibraphone, Mel Powell on piano, Red Calender on bass, and Lester’s younger brother Lee Young on drums.

They recorded in Hollywood on December 30, 1947.