The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve

September 13, 2013

The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve
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With his airy, vibratoless tone and sophisticated harmonic imagination, Lester Young (1909-59) was arguably the most influential tenor saxophonist after Coleman Hawkins. As the star in Count Basie’s big band and Billie Holiday’s favorite soloist, Young’s breezy solos, along with his patented porkpie hat and unique hipster jargon, affected legions of musicians. This 8-CD compilation marks the 90th anniversary of Young’s birth and contains all of the recordings he made for producer Norman …

Some claim Lester Young was as great a soloist at 48 as he was at 28. Don’t buy it. Prez’s best work was done when he was between 27 and 32 (1936 to ’41). During these years, he played with unsurpassed grace and youthfulness. He made a number of fine records after that, but gradually declined until his death in 1959.After leaving Count Basie in December, 1940, Young began to record more slow-tempoed selections and blues. His tone thickened, he used the lower register more, and swung less…

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The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve