Track 1-7, January 15, 1953
Lester Young: tenor sax, Jesse Jakes: trumpet, Horace Silver: piano, Franklin Skeete: bass, Lee Abrams: drums
Tracks 8-12, August 7, 1956
Lester Young: tenor sax, Don Ferrara: trumpet, Bill Triglia: piano, Gene Ramey: bass, Gus Johnson: drums
Tracks 13-19, August 15, 1956
Same rhythm section as above but with an unknown trumpet player replacing Ferrara.
Research, compilation, audio transfer & producer: Michael D. Anderson. Digital Restoration: Douglas McGregor. Graphic Design: Peov. Photos provided by The Institute of Jazz Studies.
"Young has many fine moments on this collection, excelling on both his uptempo "Lester Leaps In" and introspective ballad performances such as "These Foolish Things" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams."" - Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
"Live at Birdland is a must-own for Prez completists" - Graham L. Flanagan, All About Jazz