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Blue Lester: The One and Only Lester Young

  • 1. Indiana
    2. Blue Lester
    3. Jump, Lester, Jump
    4. Ghost of a Chance
    5. Basie English
    6. These Foolish Things
    7. Exercise in Swing
    8. Salute to Fats
    9. Crazy Over J-Z
    10. Blues 'N' Bells
    11. Ding Dong
    12. June Bug
    13. Circus in Rhythm
    14. Poor Little Plaything
    15. Tush
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 17549

  • Credits

    Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Earle Warren (vocals, alto saxophone); Freddie Green (guitar); Hank D'Amico (clarinet); Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Newman , Billy Butterfield (trumpet); Count Basie, Johnny Guarnieri, Junior Mance (piano); LeRoy Jackson, Rodney Richardson (bass instrument); Cozy Cole, Jo Jones , Roy Haynes, Shadow Wilson (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Bill Milkowski.
    BLUE LESTER, a 15-track sampler of Lester Young's early recordings for Savoy, is an ideal introduction to the saxophone legend. Understated, lyrical, and possessed of a sly, nimble musical imagination, Young had a sinuous, laid-back sound with which he pioneered the idea of playing "cool" in jazz, launching--in effect--a stylistic revolution. Those qualities are abundant on BLUE LESTER, which features a host of Young originals (including the slinky title track, and the finger-popping "Jump, Lester, Jump"), and a smoothly swinging take on the chestnut "Indiana."
    Young is presented here in a quintet (which includes pianist Count Basie and guitarist Freddie Green), a sextet (featuring pianist Junior Mance and drummer Roy Haynes), and two orchestras (which offer a nice, punchy counterpoint to Young's low-slung style). The high resolution digital transfers should please Young collectors and jazz purists.

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