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4.4 out of 5 stars
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 September 2011
If you're looking for background on exactly what recordings you're listening to here (dates, venues, personnel involved etc.), you needn't bother, as all this boxed set has to offer is titles and length of each piece. However,you'd really miss out on a mouth-wateringly superb, well-remastered set of ten cds, featuring the cream of Lester, plus some lovely 'duets' with Billie Holiday. This is an incredibly rich anthology, packed with highlights from his recording career with remarkable sound quality for the age of some of these recordings.

Given the shortcomings in documentation, I initially gave this collection 4 stars, but having listened to the material (sumptuous sax, bouncing, sunny rhythms to make you smile, some great individual piano, bass and drum work), I realised how mean this was. The first two discs feature a generous helping of Billie with Lester, and the sound is suitably grainy, given this is from the thirties. Thereafter, especially in discs 3-5, the joy of the music-making leaps out at you, forcing you to jump up to check what magical track is playing. Discs 8 & 9, featuring Lester's sublime work with Oscar Peterson, and a selection of singles with the Basie Band respectively, brim over with irresistible melodies.
This is also a wonderfully inexpensive introduction to anyone new to Lester's accessible and very addictive output. Take a tip from the title, and 'leap in' now!
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on 14 November 2009
As a basic collection of Lester Young's recordings, this set couldn't be bettered. The first eight CD's are a chronological survey of his studio recordings away from the Basie band. These include the Vocalion 'Jones-Smith Inc' session, the Glen Hardmann group, some of his recordings with Billie Holiday and sessions recorded by Commodore, Savoy, Signature, Keynote and Aladdin. Some of Lester's early Verve dates are included - most notably the session with the Oscar Peterson Trio and, although not a complete survey, these discs are a superb anthology. The ninth CD is a selection of the sides Young made as part of the Basie band and the tenth a group of live recordings made in the 1950's in a club setting. Alternate takes are not included and, sadly, the set contains no discographical detail at all!

However, the price is extremely reasonable, the remastering has been very well done, and this issue can be thoroughly recommended to serious collectors and neophites alike.
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The basic packaging and total lack of notes is maddening so I hope this helps:-

Disc 1 (Countless Blues) 1936-1938

01. Shoe Shine Boy [0:02:59.62]
02. Evenin' [0:02:56.53]
03. Boogie Woogie (I May Be Wrong) [0:03:15.60]
04. Lady Be Good [0:03:08.36]
Jones-Smith Incorporated - Oct 9, 1936; Chicago.
Carl 'Tati' Smith (tp), Lester Young (ts), Count Basie (p), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Jimmy Rushing (voc).
05. This Year's Kisses [0:03:07.45]
06. I Must Have That Man [0:02:56.24]
Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra - January 25, 1937; NYC; Brunswick.
Buck Clayton (tp), Benny Goodman (clt), Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (voc).
07. I'll Get By [0:03:09.00]
08. Mean To Me [0:03:07.69]
Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra - May 11, 1937; New York City; Brunswick.
Buck Clayton (tp), Buster Bailey (cl), Johnny Hodges (as), Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Allan Reuss (g), Artie Bernstein (b), Cozy Cole (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
09. I'll Never Be The Same [0:03:03.84]
10. Easy Living [0:03:04.38]
11. Foolin' Myself [0:03:00.13]
Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra - June 1, 1937; New York City; Brunswick.
Buck Clayton (tp), Buster Bailey (cl), Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones(d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
12. Without Your Love [0:02:52.08]
13. Me, Myself And I [0:02:37.84]
14. A Sailboat In The Moonlight [0:02:53.21]
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - June 15, 1937; New York City; Vocalion.
Buck Clayton (tp), Edmond Hall (cl), Lester Young (ts), James Sherman (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
15. Trav'lin' All Alone [0:02:15.17]
16. She's Funny That Way [0:02:39.04]
17. Getting Some Fun Out Of Life [0:03:03.46]
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - September 13, 1937; New York City; Vocalion.
Buck Clayton (tp), Buster Bailey (cl), Lester Young (ts), Claude Thornhill (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
18. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans [0:02:57.93]
19. Countless Blues [0:02:58.38]
Kansas City Six -September 27, 1938; New York City; Commodore.
Lester Young (cl, ts), Buck Clayton (t), Eddie Durham (tb, solo g), Freddie Green (g, vcl), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).

Disc 2 (Lester Leaps In) 1938-1939

01. Them There Eyes [0:02:58.93]
02. I Want a Little Girl [0:02:53.04]
03. Pagin' the Devil [0:02:55.98]
Kansas City Six - September 27, 1938; New York City; Commodore.
Lester Young (cl, ts), Buck Clayton (t), Eddie Durham (tb, solo g), Freddie Green (g, vcl), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
04. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me [0:02:45.52]
Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra - January 6, 1938; New York City; Brunswick/Columbia.
Buck Clayton (tp), Benny Morton (tb), Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
05. Back In Your Own Backyard [0:02:40.86]
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - January 12, 1938; New York City; Vocalion.
Buck Clayton (tp), Benny Morton (tb), Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
06. You Can't Be Mine [0:02:21.00]
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - September 15, 1938; New York City; Vocalion.
Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells (tb), Lester Young (cl, ts), Margaret "Queenie" Johnson (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (voc).
07. Say It With a Kiss [0:02:34.45]
Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra - November 9, 1938; New York City; Brunswick.
Harry James (tp), Benny Morton (tb), Edgar Sampson, Benny Carter (as), Lester Young, Herschel Evans (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Albert Casey (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
08. I Ain't Got Nobody [0:02:56.88]
09. Goin' To Chicago [0:03:07.69]
10. (Let Me) Live And Love Tonight [0:03:00.33]
11. Love Me Or Leave Me [0:02:32.05]
Basie's Bad Boys - February 13, 1939; Chicago; Columbia.
Buck Clayton, Shad Collins (tp); Dickie Wells (tb); Lester Young (ts, cl); Count Basie (p, org); Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d); Jimmy Rushing (voc).
12. China Boy [0:02:50.20]
13. Exactly Like You [0:02:41.40]
14. On the Sunny Side Of the Street [0:02:55.56]
15. Upright Organ Blues [0:02:58.41]
16. Who [0:02:35.73]
17. Jazz Me Blues [0:02:45.74]
Glenn Hardmann and His Hammond Five - June 26, 1939; Chicago; Vocalion.
Lee Castle (tp); Lester Young (ts, cl); Glenn Hardmann (org); Freddie Green (g); Jo Jones (d).
18. Dickie's Dream [0:03:07.53]
19. Lester Leaps In [0:03:11.08]
Count Basie's Kansas City Seven - September 5, 1939; New York City; Vocalion.
Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells (tbn), Lester Young (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).

Disc 3 (I Never Knew) 1939-1943

01. The Man I Love [0:03:05.34]
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - December 13, 1939; New York City; Vocalion.
Buck Clayton, Harry Edison (tp), Earl Warren, Jack Washington (as), Joe Sullivan (p),Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
02. Laughing At Life [0:02:53.30]
03. Time On My Hands [0:03:05.74]
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - June 7, 1940; New York City; Okeh.
Roy Eldridge (tp), Bill Bowen, Joe Eldridge (as), Kermit Scott, Lester Young (ts), Teddy Wilson (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), J.C. Heard (d), Billie Holiday (vcl).
04. All Of Me [0:03:02.22]
05. Let's Do It [0:02:56.25]
Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra - March 21, 1941; New York City; Okeh.
Shad Collins (tp), Eddie Barefield, Leslie Johnakins (as), Lester Young (ts), Eddie Heywood (p), John Collins (g), Ted Sturgis (b), Kenny Clarke (d), Billie Holiday (voc).
06. Indiana [0:04:48.62]
07. I Can't Get Started [0:04:50.86]
08. Tea For Two [0:04:40.97]
09. Body And Soul [0:05:03.48]
Lester Young-Nat King Cole Trio - July 15, 1942; Los Angeles; Philo/Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Nat King Cole (p), Red Callender (b).
10. I Got Rhythm [0:04:09.33]
11. I'm For It Too [0:04:08.65]
12. Hello Babe [0:03:07.77]
13. Linger Awhile [0:03:04.73]
Dickie Wells and His Orchestra - December 21, 1943; New York City; Signature.
Lester Young (ts), Bill Coleman (t), Dickie Wells (tb), Ellis Larkins (p), Freddie Green (g), Al Hall (b), Jo Jones (d).
14. Just You, Just Me [0:03:10.66]
15. I Never Knew [0:03:08.58]
16. Afternoon Of a Basie-Ite [0:03:08.72]
17. Sometimes I'm Happy [0:03:03.48]
Lester Young Quartet - December 28, 1943; New York City; Keynote.
Lester Young (ts), Johnny Guarnieri (p), Slam Stewart (b), Sid Catlett (d).

Disc 4 (Lester Leaps Again) 1944-1945

01. After Theatre Jump [0:04:43.25]
02. Six Cats And a Prince [0:04:08.96]
03. Lester Leaps Again [0:04:25.26]
04. Destination KC [0:03:51.26]
Kansas City Seven - March 22, 1944; New York City; Keynote.
Lester Young (ts), Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells (tb), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Rodney Richardson (b), Jo Jones (d).
05. Three Little Words [0:02:53.81]
06. Jo-Jo [0:03:19.57]
07. I Got Rhythm [0:03:16.41]
08. Four O'Clock Drag [0:02:50.26]
Kansas City Six - March 28, 1944; New York City; Commodore.
Lester Young (ts), Bill Coleman (tp), Dicky Wells (tb), Joe Bushkin (p), John Simmonds (b), Jo Jones (d).
09. These Foolish Things [0:02:56.57]
10. Exercise In Swing [0:03:00.66]
11. Salute To Fats [0:02:59.52]
12. Basie English [0:03:00.40]
Johnny Guarnieri Swing Men - April 18, 1944; New York City; Savoy.
Billy Butterfield (tp), Hank d'Amico (cl), Lester Young (ts), Johnny Guarnieri (p), Dexter Hall (g), Billy Taylor (b), Cozy Cole (d).
13. Blue Lester [0:03:23.13]
14. Ghost Of Chance [0:03:18.98]
15. Indiana [0:02:55.29]
16. Jump Lester Jump [0:03:16.34]
Lester Young Quintet - May 1, 1944; New York City; Savoy.
Lester Young (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Rodney Richardson (b), Shadow Wilson (d).
17. D.B. Blues [0:02:58.74]
18. Lester Blows Again [0:02:30.40]
19. These Foolish Things [0:03:06.46]
Lester Young and His Band - December 1945; Los Angeles; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Vic Dickenson (tb), Dodo Marmorosa (p), Red Callender (b), Henry Tucker Green (d).

Disc 5 (Jammin' With Lester) 1945-1946

01. Jumpin' At Mesner's [0:02:43.86]
Lester Young and His Band - December 20 1945; Los Angeles; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Vic Dickenson (tb), Dodo Marmorosa (p), Red Callender (b), Henry Tucker Green (d).
02. It's Only A Paper Moon [0:03:05.00]
03. After You've Gone [0:02:41.02]
04. Lover Come Back To Me [0:02:36.26]
05. Jammin' With Lester [0:03:01.14]
Lester Young and His Band - January 18 1946; Los Angeles; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Willie Smith (as), Howard McGhee (tp), Vic Dickenson (tb), Wesley Jones (p), Curtis Counce (b), Johnny Otis (d).
06. Back To the Land [0:03:50.93]
07. I Cover the Waterfront [0:04:01.53]
08. Somebody Loves Me [0:03:51.68]
09. I've Found a New Baby [0:04:02.57]
10. The Man I Love [0:04:46.42]
11. Peg O' My Heart [0:04:01.66]
12. I Want To Be Happy [0:03:56.69]
Lester Young-Buddy Rich Trio - Late March or April 1946; Los Angeles; Clef.
Lester Young (ts), Nat 'King' Cole (p), Buddy Rich (d).
13. You, You're Driving Me Crazy [0:03:04.33]
14. New Lester Leaps In [0:02:55.90]
15. Lester's Be Bop Boogie [0:03:13.05]
16. She's Funny That Way [0:03:18.20]
Lester Young and His Band - August 1946; Los Angeles; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Joe Albany (p), Irving Ashby (g), Red Callender (b), Chico Hamilton (d).
17. Sunday [0:02:22.80]
18. S.M. Blues [0:03:00.00]
Lester Young and His Band - October, 1946; Chicago; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Shorty McConnell (tp), Argonne Thornton (p), Fred Lacey (g), Rodney Richardson (b), Lyndell Marshall (d).

Disc 6 (Movin' With Lester) 1946-1949

01. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid [0:03:10.38]
02. No Eyes Blues [0:02:58.93]
03. Sax-O-Be-Bop [0:02:52.12]
04. On The Sunny Side Of The Street [0:02:59.14]
Lester Young and His Band - October, 1946; Chicago; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Shorty McConnell (tp), Argonne Thornton (p), Fred Lacey (g), Rodney Richardson (b), Lyndell Marshall (d).
05. Easy Does It [0:02:31.80]
06. Movin' With Lester [0:03:09.72]
07. One O'Clock Jump [0:02:37.50]
08. Jumpin' At The Woodside [0:02:58.81]
Lester Young and His Band - February 18, 1947; New York City; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Shorty McConnell (tp), Argonne Thornton (p), Fred Lacey (g), Ted Biscoe (b), Roy Haynes (d).
09. Confessin' [0:02:30.22]
10. Lester Smooths It Out [0:02:53.57]
11. Just Coolin' [0:02:57.90]
Lester Young and His Band - December 28 and 30, 1947; New York City; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Shorty McConnell (tp), Argonne Thornton (p), Nasir Barakaat (g), Rodney Richardson (b), Lyndell Marshall (d).
12. Tea For Two [0:03:07.21]
13. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon) [0:03:08.40]
14. The Sheik Of Araby [0:02:30.24]
15. Somthing To Remember You By [0:02:44.26]
Lester Young and His Band - December 29, 1948; New York City; Aladdin.
Lester Young (ts), Gene DiNovi (p), Chuck Wayne (g), Curly Russell (b), Tiny Kahn (d).
16. Crazy Over JZ [0:02:42.12]
17. Ding Dong [0:02:25.52]
18. Blues 'N' Bells [0:02:20.50]
Lester Young Sextet - June 28, 1949; New York City, Savoy.
Jess Drakes (tp), Jerry Elliott (tbn), Lester Young (ts), Junior Mance (p), Leroy Jackson (bs), Roy Haynes (d).

Disc 7 (Little Pee's Blues) 1949-1951

01. June Bug [0:02:36.61]
Lester Young Sextet - June 28, 1949; New York City, Savoy.
Jess Drakes (tp), Jerry Elliott (tbn), Lester Young (ts), Junior Mance (p), Leroy Jackson (bs), Roy Haynes (d).
02. Too Marvelous For Words [0:02:58.46]
03. 'Deed I Do [0:03:12.32]
04. Encore [0:03:05.58]
05. Polka Dots and Moonbeams [0:03:36.94]
06. Up and At 'Em [0:03:45.00]
Lester Young Quartet - March 1950; New York City; Clef.
Lester Young (ts), Hank Jones (p), Ray Brown (b), Buddy Rich (d).
07. Three Little Words [0:03:14.14]
08. Count Every Star [0:02:40.37]
09. It All Depends On You [0:03:14.28]
10. Neenah [0:03:25.78]
11. Jeepers Creepers [0:03:03.17]
Lester Young Quartet - July 1950; New York City; Clef.
Lester Young (ts), John Lewis (ts), Joe Shulman (b), Bill Clarke (d).
12. Thou Swell [0:02:54.68]
13. September In the Rain [0:03:04.25]
14. Undercover (Girl) Blues [0:02:41.65]
15. Frenesi [0:02:57.53]
16. Pete's Cafe [0:03:32.76]
17. Little Pee's Blues [0:02:38.06]
Lester Young Quartet - January 16, 1951; New York City; Clef.
Lester Young (ts), John Lewis (ts), Gene Ramey (b), Jo Jones (d).
18. A Foggy Day [0:02:47.78]
Lester Young Quartet - March 8, 1951; New York City; Clef.
Lester Young (ts), John Lewis (ts), Gene Ramey (b), Jo Jones (d).

Disc 8 (Lester Swings) 1951-1952

01. In A Little Spanish Town [0:03:10.33]
02. Let's Fall In Love [0:02:52.57]
03. Down 'N' At 'Em [0:02:52.77]
04. Lester Swings [0:02:30.60]
05. Slow Motion Blues [0:02:54.24]
Lester Young Quartet - March 8, 1951; New York City; Clef.
Lester Young (ts), John Lewis (ts), Gene Ramey (b), Jo Jones (d).
06. Ad Lib Blues [0:05:51.84]
07. I Can't Get Started [0:03:39.46]
08. Just You, Just Me [0:07:38.52]
09. Almost Like Being In Love [0:03:32.57]
10. Tea For Two [0:07:43.85]
11. There Will Never Be Another You [0:03:26.70]
12. Indiana [0:07:02.48]
13. On The Sunny Side Of The Street [0:03:25.64]
14. Star Dust [0:03:33.64]
15. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) [0:03:41.20]
16. I Can't Give You Anything But Love [0:03:21.45]
17. (It Takes) Two To Tango [0:03:24.05]
Lester Young with Oscar Peterson Trio - August 4, 1952; New York City; Clef/ Norgran.
Lester Young (ts), Oscar Peterson (p), Barney Kessel (g), Ray Brown (b), J.C. Heard (d).

Disc 9 (The Basie Years) 1937-1940

01. One O'Clock Jump [0:02:58.54]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - July 7, 1937; New York City, Decca.
Ed Lewis, Bobby Moore, Buck Clayton (tp), George Hunt, Dan Minor (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Herschel Evans (ts), Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Jimmy Rushing (vcl).
02. Swingin' The Blues [0:02:44.00]
03. Every Tub [0:03:16.78]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - February 16, 1938; New York City; Decca.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp), Benny Morton, Dan Minor (tbn), Eddie Durham (tbn, g), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Herschel Evans (ts), Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Jimmy Rushing (voc).
04. Jumpin' At The Woodside [0:03:03.94]
05. Texas Shuffle [0:03:02.22]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - June 6, 1938; New York City; Decca.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp), Benny Morton, Dan Minor (tbn), Eddie Durham (tbn, g), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Herschel Evans (ts), Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Jimmy Rushing (vcl).
06. Jive At Five [0:02:39.82]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - February 3 or 4, 1939; New York City; Decca.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp), Benny Morton, Dan Minor, Dickie Wells (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Chu Berry (ts), Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes (vcl).
07. Oh! Lady Be Good [0:03:10.48]
08. Twelfth Street Rag [0:03:04.18]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - February 4, 1939; New York City; Decca.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton (tp), Benny Morton, Dan Minor, Dickie Wells (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Chu Berry (ts), Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d), Jimmy Rushing, Helen Humes (vcl)
09. Miss Thing Part I + II [0:05:29.56]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - April 5, 1939; New York City; Vocalion..
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells, Dan Minor, Bennie Morton (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Buddy Tate (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
10. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie [0:02:28.50]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - August 4, 1939; New York City; Vocalion.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells, Dan Minor, Bennie Morton (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Buddy Tate (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
11. Dickie's Dream [0:03:08.54]
12. Lester Leaps In [0:03:11.21]
Count Basie's Kansas City Seven - September 5, 1939; New York City; Vocalion.
Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells (tbn), Lester Young (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
13. Ham 'N' Eggs [0:02:33.92]
14. Hollywood Jump [0:02:35.49]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - November 7, 1939; New York City; Columbia.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Shad Collins, Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells, Dan Minor, Bennie Morton (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Buddy Tate (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
15. I Never Knew [0:02:40.81]
16. Tickle-Toe [0:02:39.30]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - March 19, 1940; New York City; Columbia.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Al Killian, Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells, Dan Minor, Vic Dickenson (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Tab Smith (ss, as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Buddy Tate (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
17. Easy Does It [0:03:27.94]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - March 20, 1940; New York City; Columbia/Okeh.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Al Killian, Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells, Dan Minor, Vic Dickenson (tbn), Earle Warren (as), Jack Washington (as, bs), Lester Young, Buddy Tate (ts), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).
18. Five O'Clock Whistle [0:03:01.97]
19. Love Jumped Out [0:03:11.29]
20. Broadway [0:02:55.37]
Count Basie and His Orchestra - November 19, 1940; New York City; Okeh.
Ed Lewis, Harry Edison, Al Killian, Buck Clayton (tp), Dickie Wells, Dan Minor, Vic Dickinson (tbn), Earle Warren (as),Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Walter Page (b), Jo Jones (d).

Disc 10 (Live At The Birdland) 1951

01. Neenah [0:03:40.70]
02. These Foolish Things [0:03:21.20]
03. Up 'N' At 'Em [0:03:39.74]
04. Lester Leaps In [0:04:21.24]
Lester Young Quartet - February 24, 1951; New York City; Broadcast, Birdland.
Lester Young (ts); John Lewis (p); Gene Ramey (b); Jo Jones (d).
05. A Ghost Of A Chance [0:03:52.04]
06. Neenah [0:04:26.40]
07. Up 'N' At 'Em [0:03:58.62]
08. Too Marvelous For Words [0:04:51.26]
09. Lester Leaps In [0:05:00.82]
Lester Young Quartet - March 17, 1951; New York City; Broadcast, Birdland.
Lester Young (ts); John Lewis (p); Gene Ramey (b); Jo Jones (d).
10. D.B. Blues [0:03:10.69]
11. Indiana [0:07:21.10]
12. A Ghost Of a Chance [0:03:53.77]
13. How High The Moon [0:06:24.28]
Lester Young Quintet - May 19, 1951; New York City; Broadcast, Birdland.
Jesse Drakes (tp); Lester Young (ts); John Lewis (p); Gene Ramey (b); Jo Jones (d).
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on 22 September 2013
Anyone like me who has been collecting music and mostly jazz over a long period, is likely to have several Lester Young vinyls, tapes and cds. It was a pleasure then to find that Membran had put together such a fabulous collection at a brilliant price. The lack of documentation is made up for by a listing given in another review. Young's story is well documented. You have to forgive Membran for the omission and just sit back and enjoy some of the finest recordings made by one of the true masters and influences on the tenor horn.
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on 13 August 2015
Excellent value. More info avout music on box would be helpful. Luckily it was supplied by another reviewer, for which many thanks.
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on 30 September 2015
Very pleased. My only gripe is that there is no personnel listing, which is baffling as it does list them on the Amazon website.
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on 16 September 2015
Great recordings.
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on 14 May 2014
Excellent compilation of a great Tenor.Sound quality VG:only drawback is lack of info.on soloists/bands/dates,etc.Great value survey of the definitive Tenor Master!!!!
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on 21 February 2011
Lots of old recordings of unknown provenance and with no notes, no dates and nothing about who is playing etc.. I thought this was due to a leaflet or insert being missing so returned the boxed set but the replacement had no information either! Nevertheless plenty to listen to for the money. No notes but nice notes from Lester.
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