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The Lester Young Collection 1936-47
The Lester Young Collection 1936-47

Lester Young
Styles: Jazz
Catalogue Number: FABCD358
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.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Shoe Shine Boy Jones-Smith Incorporated
2 This Year's Kisses Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
3 Me, Myself And I Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra
4 When You're Smiling Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
5 Dickie's Dream Count Basie's Kansas City Seven
6 The Very Thought Of You Billie Holiday And Her Orchestra
7 I Want A Little Girl Kansas City Six With Lester Young
8 Taxi War Dance Count Basie & His Orchestra
9 Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie Count Basie & His Orchestra
10 Lester Leaps In Count Basie's Kansas City Seven
11 Tickle-Toe Count Basie & His Orchestra
12 I Can't Get Started Lester Young/Nat King Cole Trio
13 Linger Awhile Dicky Wells & His Orchestra
14 Just You, Just Me Lester Young Quartet
15 Sometimes I'm Happy Lester Young Quartet
16 After Theatre Jump Kansas City Seven
17 Three Little Words Kansas City Six
18 Ghost Of A Chance Lester Young Quintet
19 Indiana Lester Young Quintet
20 D.B. Blues Lester Young & His Band
21 These Foolish Things Lester Young & His Band
22 Jammin With Lester Lester Young & His Band
23 Lester's Bebop Boogie Lester Young & His Band
24 Just Coolin' Lester Young & His Band
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