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The Lester Young Story (4CD) Box set

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B00004S2AW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,997 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Shoe Shine Boy
  2. Oh, Lady Be Good
  3. This Year's Kisses
  4. Easy Living
  5. Me, Myself And I
  6. A Sailboat In The Moonlight
  7. One O'Clock Jump
  8. When You're Smiling
  9. Every Tub
  10. Swinging The Blues
  11. Doggin' Around
  12. Jumpin' At The Woodside
  13. I Can't Get Started
  14. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
  15. Countless Blues
  16. I Want A Little Girl
  17. Shorty George
  18. Pannassie Stomp
  19. You Can Depend On Me
  20. Cherokee, Pt.1 & 2
  21. Jive At Five
  22. Taxi War Dance
  23. Pound Cake
  24. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

Disc: 2

  1. Dickie's Dream
  2. Lester Leaps In
  3. Tickle Toe
  4. Ad-Lib Blues
  5. I Never Knew
  6. Lester's Dream
  7. Broadway
  8. Tickle Toe
  9. Taxi War Dance
  10. Blitzkrieg Baby (You Can't Bomb Me)
  11. Beautiful Eyes
  12. Things About Coming My Way
  13. Just Jivin' Around
  14. All Of Me
  15. I Can't Get Started
  16. Tea For Two
  17. Body And Soul
  18. Hello Babe
  19. Just You, Just Me
  20. Afternoon Of A Basie-ite

Disc: 3

  1. Sometimes I'm Happy
  2. After Theatre Jumo
  3. Six Cats And A Prince
  4. Lester Leaps Again
  5. Destination K.C.
  6. I Got Rhythm
  7. Poor Little Plaything
  8. Exercise In Swing
  9. Salute To Fats
  10. Blue Lester (Lester's Blues)
  11. Ghost Of A Chance
  12. Jump, Lester Jump
  13. Midnight Symphony
  14. D.B. Blues
  15. Lester Blows Again
  16. These Foolish Things
  17. Jumpin' At Mesner's
  18. Back To The Land
  19. I Cover The Waterfront
  20. I've Found A New Baby
  21. I Want To Be Happy

Disc: 4

  1. It's Only A Paper Moon
  2. Lover Come Back To Me
  3. You're Driving Me Crazy
  4. Lester's Be-Bop Boogie
  5. She's Funny That Way
  6. Sunday
  7. S.M. Blues
  8. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
  9. On The Sunny Side On The Street
  10. Sax-O-Be-Bop
  11. Just Cooling
  12. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  13. East Of The Sun
  14. The Sheik Of Araby
  15. Something To Remember You By
  16. Ding Dong
  17. Blues 'N' Bells
  18. Lester Leaps In
  19. Embraceable You

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Product Description

This four CD set presents the life and times of LESTER YOUNG, the most influential jazz musician after Louis Armstrong and before John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Prez inspired an army of sax players including Stan Getz and Ronnie Scott. Hear the real article in over four hours of tenor magic featuring Lester from his earliest recording through the Basie band with Billie Holiday, in his own group and right up to the Jazz At The Philharmonic period. Includes material with Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Buddy Rich and more. 84 tracks, over four hours of music, 52 page fully illustrated booklet.

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The Lester Young Story is a masterly selection from the work of a great tenor saxophonist, excellently packaged, with an informative booklet. This four-disc box set of classic recordings follows his career from his very first session, a small band date with Count Basie in 1936, to a star-studded live concert with, among others, Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge, Buddy Rich, in 1949. This isn't the whole story, of course, because Young lived and worked for a further 10 years, but it covers the period when he was at the height of his powers and is packed with glorious music.

To pick out just a few gems--there is the amazing "Lady Be Good"; the record that first announced his arrival to an astonished jazz world and five numbers in which he partners the young Billie Holiday with exquisite delicacy and taste. Elsewhere there are most of his show-stopping solos with Basie's band, in numbers like "Tickle Toe"; and "Taxi War Dance" and a generous selection from his informal small-band sessions with players such as Buck Clayton, Dickie Wells and Charlie Christian, including a rare extract from the soundtrack of the movie Jammin' The Blues. The last disc consists of tracks from Young's early post-war career, when, unlike many of his contemporaries, he was enjoying the stimulus provided by the younger generation of bebop musicians. Because the tracks are arranged in chronological order, it is fascinating to follow Lester through his life during these 13 years and hear him responding to the rapidly changing world around him. The 15 months he spent in the US army affected him badly, but they certainly did not destroy his talent, as some commentators have claimed. The final, joyful rendition of "Lester Leaps In" with Charlie Parker and the Jazz At The Philharmonic team proves that beyond a doubt.--Dave Gelly


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