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Ken Burns Jazz Collection: The Definitive Lester Young

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  • Audio CD (27 Nov. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000050I3V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Disc: 1

  1. Oh, Lady, Be Good!
  2. Every Tub
  3. Honeysuckle Rose
  4. Pagin' The Devil
  5. A Sailboat In The Moonlight
  6. He's Funny That Way
  7. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life
  8. If Dreams Come True
  9. Taxi War Dance
  10. Twelfth Street Rag
  11. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
  12. Lester Leaps In
  13. Tickle Toe
  14. Sometimes I'm Happy
  15. I've Found A New Baby
  16. D.B. Blues
  17. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
  18. This Year's Kisses
  19. Polka Dots And Moonbeams

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First coming to prominence with Count Basie's band in 1936, Lester Young found a new way to play tenor saxophone, using a soft, airy sound and an understated beat. In the process, he also created a new way to play jazz, developing a flowing, melodic inventiveness and a detachment that would influence the bop and cool schools to come. Young did much of his best work as a sideman in the first few years of his public career, and the first 13 tracks of this collection focus on his work up to 1940. Basie's hard-swinging big band was a terrific foil for Young's own novel blend of rhythmic invention and languid sound, heard here on tunes like "Taxi War Dance" and the uptempo "Twelfth Street Rag". With Basie's smaller Kansas City Seven, Young created masterpieces like his signature "Lester Leaps In". Young and his friend Billie Holiday shared an uncanny musical empathy, represented by four tracks here. There's also a sampling of Young's later recordings, including his trio version of "I've Found a New Baby", with Nat Cole on piano and Buddy Rich on drums, and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" from a 1957 reunion with Basie at the Newport Jazz Festival. --Stuart Broomer

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