Lester Young: The Complete Savoy RecordingsBy
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.
Disk One With Johnny Guarnieri
Lester Young - sax Count Basie - piano Johnny Guarnieri - piano Sweets Edison - trumpet Earle Warren - alto sax Jo Jones - drums Roy Haynes - drums and many others
Title: The Complete Savoy Recordings | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Savoy Jazz
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