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Lester Young: The Lester Young Collection 1936-47 (CD: Acrobat)Lester Young: The Lester Young Collection 1936-47 (CD: Acrobat)
This is part of a mini-series on our competitively priced budget label Fabulous under the banner of Jazz Legends, presenting some of great and influential names of jazz, with recordings drawn from the classic era of the genre’s development between 1920 and 1950. Lester Young was one of the great tenor sax stylists, as well as an fine clarinettist (notably with Billie Holiday) and had a huge influence on his peers and those who followed, his smooth, elegant, free-flowing phrases giving his music a relaxed and cool flavour. He was closely associated with the Kansas City scene and most especially with Count Basie, whose bands he played with for several extended periods over the years. This great value 24-track collection starts with his earliest recordings and traces the first decade of his career, including a gap in 1944-5 when he was in the US Army and imprisoned in detention barracks for a year for marijuana possession, the inspiration for “DB Blues”. It includes examples of not only his work with Basie, Teddy Wilson and Billie Holiday, but also the groups which he led himself, so it is an interesting cross-section of material, showing how his sound and style developed through this period. It also features many other top flight musicians of the time. (Acrobat Music) 


Price:  £4.99 


Lester Young: Lester Leaps Again (CD: Naxos Jazz Legends)
 


Price:  £8.99 

Lester Young: Lester Leaps Again (CD: Naxos Jazz Legends)


Lester Young: Lester Young Trio (CD: Verve- US Import)Lester Young: Lester Young Trio (CD: Verve- US Import)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Lester Young: Too Marvellous For Words (CD: Candid)
These rare recordings made at Birdland in New York City on three consecutive Monday nights in the winter of 1951 capture some of the finest ever freewheeling playing of the iconic saxophonist. The superb rhythm section, comprising pianist John Lewis, bassist Gene Ramey and the incomparable Jo Jones on drums was just perfect for Prez . Their consumate professionalism makes this marriage "made in heaven” really just too marvellous for words! (Proper Music) 


Price:  £10.99 

Lester Young: Too Marvellous For Words (CD: Candid)


Lester Young: The Jazz Giants (CD: Verve- US Import)Lester Young: The Jazz Giants (CD: Verve- US Import)
 


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Lester Young: Pres and Teddy (CD: Verve- US Import)
This fine CD brings together piano accompanist/soloist Teddy Wilson and influential saxophonist Lester "Prez" Young. The 1956 session captures Young in good form, in a period of general---and sad---decline. Tracks include blues and ballads, and display Young's coherent harmonic and melodic gifts, supported not only by Wilson but guitarist Gene Ramey and famous drummer Jo Jones. On "Gigantic Blues," Young is joined by Roy Eldridge, trumpet, and Vic Dickenson, trombone. Vintage, late-day Young, first truly "modern" exponent of the saxophone, who left a permanent "cool" legacy to jazz. (Andrew Clark, Editor, Riffs & Choruses: A New Jazz Anthology. Continuum Publishing.) 


Price:  £13.99 

Lester Young: Pres and Teddy (CD: Verve- US Import)


Lester Young: Lester Swings (CD: Verve)Lester Young: Lester Swings (CD: Verve)
 


Price:  £9.99 


Lester Young: With The Oscar Peterson Trio (CD: Verve- US Import)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Lester Young: With The Oscar Peterson Trio (CD: Verve- US Import)


Lester Young: Pres In Europe (CD: Highnote)Lester Young: Pres In Europe (CD: Highnote)
 


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Lester Young: In Washington, Vol.2 (CD: Pablo- US Import)
If Lester Young never duplicated his revolutionary artistry of 1936, neither was he a burnt-out case in 1956; far from it. He ended an active and successful year with a week at Olivia's Patio Lounge in Washington, D.C. Bill Potts, who led the accompanying trio, coaxed, cajoled, and bribed the great tenor saxophonist into letting him record much of the engagement for private use. When the music was finally put on LP records 24 years later, it was a revelation to those who had dismissed Young's later work. Circumstances, not ability, sometimes led Pres to play by rote. At Olivia's, the circumstances let him relax. He opened all of his mastery of melody, swing, tone, and rhythmic nuance to produce some of the best playing of his final decade. This second compact disc of the four volumes includes superb versions of pieces from Young's standard repertoire and his only known full-scale treatment of "Lullaby of Birdland." (Fantasy, Inc.) 


Price:  £15.49 

Lester Young: In Washington, Vol.2 (CD: Pablo- US Import)


Lester Young: In Washington, Vol.3 (CD: Pablo- US Import)Lester Young: In Washington, Vol.3 (CD: Pablo- US Import)
One of the delights of the last phrase of Lester Young's career is the cache of recordings made during his 1956 engagement at Olivia's Patio Lounge in Washington, D.C. The rhythm section led by pianist Bill Potts was just the kind Pres liked and too seldom had in his latter years. Potts, bassist Norman Williams, and drummer Jim Lucht were content to provide Young a supply of correct chords and a firm delineation of the time. They thrust upon him none of the rhythmic complications with which other young musicians of the bop era sometimes frustrated Young, causing him to retreat into rote playing. Here, his solos often recall the freshness and daring of Pres's early days. The tunes come from Young's more or less constant repertoire and include "Sometimes I'm Happy" with a reprise of the tag from his famous 1943 recording. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


Price:  £15.49 


Lester Young: Jazz Giants '56 (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)
This edition contains tenor saxophonist Lester Young's complete “Jazz Giants '56” septet session, accompanied by some of the finest swing musicians of the period. In addition, as a bonus track, there is a star-studded 27-minute blues from “Norman Granz' Jam Session” (1954). (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 

Lester Young: Jazz Giants '56 (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)


Lester Young & Harry 'Sweets' Edison: Going For Myself (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)Lester Young & Harry 'Sweets' Edison: Going For Myself (CD: Lone Hill Jazz)
The complete original LP “Going for Myself” (Verve 1957) reuniting Lester Young and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison - one of Pres’ last studio albums ever. Backing Pres and Sweets are superb musicians like Oscar Peterson, Louie Bellson and Herb Ellis.

Five extra tracks have been added to the contents of the original album, including three alternate takes and two tunes not included on the originally issued set. After the second session included here, Pres only had 13 more months to live, and only made 2 further studio recordings. (Discovery Records) 


Price:  £11.99 


Lester Young: Laughin' To Keep From Cryin' (CD: Verve)
The final recording of the Pres and his return to the clarinet on half the album. 


Price:  £9.99 

Lester Young: Laughin' To Keep From Cryin' (CD: Verve)


Lester Young: Le Dernier Message de Lester Young (CD: EmArcy Jazz In Paris)Lester Young: Le Dernier Message de Lester Young (CD: EmArcy Jazz In Paris)
 


Price:  £7.99 

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