The 1947 Columbia Hot Jazz Classic is a re-release of records from the 1930s and 1940s. The records are quite worn out, the quality is so-so – it is the tape re-recording with all the ensuing losses. Musically, Billy’s tandem with Wilson is great, never later was she so lucky with her partner.
In my opinion in jazz there were two saxophonists who talked to God on equal terms – it's Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Parker's recordings presented here were made in 1952, during this period of creativity in almost all Parker’s improvisations feel a piercing sadness – two years later he will die at the age of 34. Young’s records are a wonderful LO-FI of the early 1950s. After the shake-up caused by Parker's play, Young acts soothingly, aided by the characteristic sound of his saxophone's lower register.
LO-Fi audiophile sound. Young’s sax can be a little harsh, while Nat King Cole’s (Eye Guy) grand piano and percussion sound great everywhere.
The jam session was recorded in 1946, released only in 1957, which is probably why the record sounds too harsh for the 1940s. In musical terms, everything is played somehow not smoothly. The recorded track is a fragment of a performance, where Lester Young begins on tenor, then Charlie Parker picks up on alto, and Willie Smith ends, also on alto. You can hear that compared to Smith, Parker has a lousy instrument. Packer was famous for constantly pawning his instruments and playing most of the time on anything but the ones he really deserved.