John Lester | Live at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House

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Live at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House

by John Lester

2001 live recording. "A bassist and singer extraordinaire, Lester is a rare talent who mixes fine songwriting skills with a husky voice that communicates wisdom far beyond his years". --Bruce Willacy, Good Times Magazine , Santa Cruz
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. (Introduction)
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2. The Heart of Our Family
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3. Rose Colored Glasses
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4. The Ways of a Woman
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5. (Brunettes Intro)
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6. I Like Brunettes
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7. (Bob's Intro)
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8. All Blues
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9. I Saw You
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10. (Blessing Intro)
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11. Both a Blessing and a Curse
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12. (Paulo's Intro)
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13. Your Tattoo
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14. (Kenon's Intro)
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15. Reach Out
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16. (Nyree's Intro)
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17. Two
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18. (Celso's Intro)
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19. On My Own
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20. (Thank you's)
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21. They Come and They Go
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John Lester
"Live at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House"

Not intending to record a CD on this evening in March 2001, this performance was captured by soundman Lou Judson on digital tape from the Freight and Salvage mixing console. After people started hearing the tape, requests for copies came in and thus "Live at the Freight and Salvage" was mastered and released as a CD (August 2001).

Lester starts the show with his unique bass and vocal solo performances playing both upright bass and fretless electric bass. He is later joined by saxophonist Bob Johnson, percussionist Paulo Baldi, electric bassist Kenon Chen, pianist Nyree, and percussionist Celso Alberty for duets and ensemble pieces that range from folk, to jazz, to world music influences.

Two of the songs on this live recording were awarded "Song of the Year" from the West Coast Songwriter's Association: "The Ways of a Woman" (1999) and "Both a Blessing and a Curse" (2001).

With the release of his debut studio CD "Big Dreams and the Bottom Line" (August 2003), this record still remains the place to find many audience favorites including the whimsical "I Like Brunettes" and the powerful encore "They Come and They Go".


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Chris Walmsley

Fantastic
This album is amazing, but don't take my word for it - buy it!

Dave Owen

Get this - don't even think about it! You won't regret it - ever!!
John Lester is the great living bass playing singer-songwriter alive. He ought to be a millionairre - so buy this CD and help him on his way. Tell your friends to do the same. This guy has talent aplenty - a great CD - utterley listenable and I Saw You is one of my all time favourite tracks.

Hugh Lovell

A Different Sound, A Standout Talent
I first saw John at a New Acoustic Movement presentation at an Oakland, CA, coffeehouse. He stood out with his well written songs and his unique style of accompanying himself on an old, upright bass. I'm happy to report that this well-recorded, live CD captures John at his best, along with some excellent accompanists. The best of John's involving, often self-deprecating, often funny, often sad, songs are here. Support independant music, buy this CD!