Person-L – Billy Lester
A quirky, angular take on the changes of Somebody Loves Me. Our piano part shows how Billy plays the head on the recording.
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- Recording: Billy Lester - Four Into Four
- Recorded on: April 7, 2002
- Label: Coppens (3003)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Simon Wettenhall
- Piano - Billy Lester
- Bass - Sean Smith
- Drums - Russ Meissner
Unlike some other Billy Lester songs, there are no rhythm section figures here that complement the melody; the bass and drums play with a 4-feel throughout.
Billy Lester recorded Person-L twice, of which this version is the second; another version is on trumpeter Simon Wettenhall's 2000 album "Oceanic Art," Billy's only recording as a sideman so far.
born on June 11, 1946
William "Billy" Lester is one of the few musicians alive today who are truly continuing the tradition of the Lennie Tristano school. His compositions are firmly within that tradition, using the harmonic frameworks of Great American Songbook standards to create inventive, unpredictable melodies; his are often not quite as lopsided as those of Tristano and some of his followers, but with quite a bit of reharmonization of the source material. Billy is a wildly creative improviser with a sly melodic sense. His playing and composing offer a very personal, modern take on the Tristano tradition. Read more...