“THE LAMB OF GOD!”: ELEGIES FOR DONALD LAMBERT IN STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND MUSIC

Meet the Lamb!  Here he is — don’t mind the murky visual — at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival:

Thanks, deep thanks to Howard Kadison and Audrey VanDyke, keepers of so many flames.  Here is Howard’s prized copy of the PRINCETON RECOLLECTOR, a historical journal almost exclusively devoted — in this issue — to the marvelous and elusive jazz piano genius Donald Lambert.

An editorial about Donald Lambert: will wonders never cease?

Lambert plays the Sextette from Lucia:

Recollections of Bill Priestley, a fine cornetist:

Pee Wee Russell and the milk truck:

Fashions:

More rare narrative:

Lambert in his native haunts:

Playing two melodies at once:

THE TROLLEY SONG, with friend Howard Kadison at the drums:

SPAIN, with Lambert and Kadison:

ANITRA’S DANCE, from the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival:

LIZA, from the same concert:

Yes, Art Tatum:

Physiognomy:

The 1941 Bluebird PILGRIM’S CHORUS:

I GOT RHYTHM (recorded by Jerry Newman, 1940) with Lambert, Hot Lips Page, Herbie Fields, Pops Morgan:

DINAH, from the same party at Newman’s parents’ home):

I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE:

and TEA FOR TWO from the same incredible session, Lambert also playing FRENESI:

 

A very rare (and I think unissued) 1949 performance, BLUE WALTZ:

LINGER AWHILE, with Kadison (the first Lambert I ever heard):

An unlisted WHEN BUDDHA SMILES, with trumpet and string bass:

Another local legend:

May your happiness increase!

7 responses to ““THE LAMB OF GOD!”: ELEGIES FOR DONALD LAMBERT IN STORIES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND MUSIC

  1. Wow. This is an awesome tribute, Michael. Lamb left us way too soon, but he now lives on in the hands and minds of Louis Mazetier and Stephanie Trick. One of my prized possessions is the complete contents of the solo piano session ( 8 sides ) , which Lambert did for Circle, circa 1949. As I have previously described, they were given to me, unsolicited, by the late Bob Hilbert, after I shared the alternate of James P’s ” If Dreams Come True ” ( given to me, by Mike Lipskin ) from June 4, 1939. Still, my greatest ” thrill ” in the music bidness, was hearing it for the first time, because I knew that I had discovered my version of Machu Picchu, at age 20.

  2. Princeton ( grad ) grad, and 1/3 of the 3 amigos, Robert Pinsker, Ph. D. provided me with the text of the Princeton Recollector which I have posted in the files section of Friends of James P. etc.

  3. I have posted the entire Lambert Circle Session on Sound Cloud. Matrices NY 233 – 240, in addition to ” I Know that You Know “, and “You Can’t Do What My Last Man Did ” from Newport in 1960. Anitra’s Dance, from Newport, is available on You Tube. Combined with the 4 Bluebirds of ragged classics, these represent Lambert’s best commercially recorded work. The private recordings from Wallace’s remain to be compiled and catalogued from the various sources. This would be the ultimate labor of love for several of us.

  4. Is that Howard Kadison with Lambert on Spain??? YouTube notes don’t say

  5. Dan Morgenstern

    Great job on Lamb. Saw him quite often at his favorite hang and at Newport. Did a piece in Jazz Journal before that and covered Newport appearance probably in DB but best ever about his music is Dick Wellstood’s notes to the CD on Storyville….I spotted him in photo taken at Tea’s HRS record date confirming their friendship…

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  6. I wanted to post that HRS photograph too!

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