Lester Young: The Complete Savoy Recordings (2002)
Recorded in 1944 and 1949-50, these sessions find Young with a warm, mellow tone that remained fluid and loose for each situation. His demeanor is a few shades lighter on disk two. Young was in his prime during the mid-to-late 1940s. He was equally at home with swing and bebop. Nearly half of the selections heard here are Young’s. Ten tracks on disk two come from an April 2, 1950 Chicago performance of the Lester Young Quintet. While the recorded sound is uneven and the audience noise interferes somewhat, these selections reveal a fresh front line – in Young and bebop trumpeter Jessie Drakes – which emphasizes the creative spirit espoused by the leader. An accompanying booklet includes an informative, 12-page article by Loren Schoenberg with photos, as well as a complete discography for this recommended, two-CD set.
Track Listing: These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You; Exercise in Swing; Salute to Fats; Basie English; Circus in Rhythm; Poor Little Plaything; Tush; Empty Hearted; Blue Lester (Lester
Personnel: Lester Young- tenor saxophone; Hank D
Record Label: Savoy Jazz