Les Paul

V-Disc Recordings

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These are jazz-oriented Les Paul Trio recordings from the 1940s, and bear little resemblance to Paul's pop recordings with Mary Ford, lacking vocals and multiple guitar overdubs. This is an important point on an album that leads off with "How High the Moon" in a rendition that is very different from Paul's subsequent hit record. That said, the album contains 24 examples of the trio's jazz prowess, especially its leader's facility for soloing. Most of the tracks last only one or two minutes, but that's enough time for Paul to work fast, interesting variations a series of standards. Everything' s up for grabs, from tune to tempo, and the trio romps through performances that must have amazed the G.I.s who were the first audience for these recordings. Note that this album was mastered from records without any sound improvement, and sometimes the quality suffers for that.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:12
2 2:53
3 2:53
4 2:24
5 1:59
6 1:43
7 1:08
8 1:38
9 3:16
10 2:29
11 1:47
12 2:38
13 1:47
14 2:10
15
2:55
16 2:38
17 1:39
18 1:59
19 3:08
20 2:17
21 1:40
22 1:11
23 1:26
24 1:43
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