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The jam session recording "Chester & Lester" was awarded a Grammy for Best
Country Instrumental Performance at the 1976 awards ceremony.
Chester & Lester was probably the only jam session record to win a Grammy™. Today, such an album would merely seem like clever marketing; two virtuosos from
different genres, country and pop, joining forces. Not so in 1976. Truth was,
Chet Atkins and Les Paul had way more in common than many realized. Each made
groundbreaking records that put electric guitars on the map and influenced the
sound of rock. Both experimented with electronics. The electric guitar models
named for both men over half a century ago are considered classics, still
produced today by the same companies. Three decades can't diminish Chester &
Lester's wonderfully free musical and personal interplay. On record, their divergent personalities were reflected in their verbal
bantering, Chet's taciturn personality and dry humor a terrific foil for Les's ornery schoolkid exuberance. It was something both admired about the record.
"Chester & Lester is a beautiful and fun album by two masters. It was
recorded in the mid-'70s when Chet Atkins was in his fifties and Les Paul was in
his sixties. The latter had been in retirement for a decade before the recording
of this album. Nashville studio musicians, including Randy Goodrum on piano and
Larrie Londin on drums, back up the master guitarists, but this is by no means a
country album. In fact, this album swings on classics such as "Birth of the
Blues," "Avalon," and "Caravan." Other classic songs, including "It's Been a
Long Time" and "It Had to Be You," are beautifully rendered, featuring Les
Paul's instantly recognizable ringing bell tone and Chet Atkins' fluid, slightly
twangy sound. The recording has an informal feel, with between-song banter (and
even some joking in the middle of songs) included on the record, which adds to
the enjoyment and warmth of this album. The listener knows that the musicians
are having a great time. According to the liner notes, only two songs have any
overdubs, so, "You hear the music just as it came down." And it all "came down"
beautifully." - Tim Griggs, allmusic.com
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Chet Atkins, guitar
Les Paul, guitar
Randy Goodrum, piano
Henry Strzelecki or Bob Moore, bass
Larrie Londin, drums
Paul Yandell, Ray Edenton, or Bobby Thompson - rhythm guitar
1. It's Been A Long Time
2. Medley: Moonglow / Picnic (Theme from "Picnic")
4. It Had To Be You
5. Out of Nowhere
2. Birth of the Blues
3. Someday Sweetheart
4. Deed I Do
5. Lover Come Back To Me
Recorded in RCA's Nashville Sound Studios.