Complete Aladdin Sessions

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although it has often been written that the cool-toned tenor saxophonist Lester Young's experiences with racism in the military during 1944-1945 so scarred him that he never played at the same musical level as he had previously, the music on this essential two-CD reissue disproves that theory. It is true that his attitude toward life was affected and Young became somewhat self-destructive, but his postwar solos rank with the greatest work of his career. This two-fer, which has four selections from 1942 in which Young is heard in a trio with pianist Nat "King" Cole and bassist Red Callender and a rare 1945 session headed by singer Helen Humes including a previously unknown ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Although it has often been written that the cool-toned tenor saxophonist Lester Young's experiences with racism in the military during 1944-1945 so scarred him that he never played at the same musical level as he had previously, the music on this essential two-CD reissue disproves that theory. It is true that his attitude toward life was affected and Young became somewhat self-destructive, but his postwar solos rank with the greatest work of his career. This two-fer, which has four selections from 1942 in which Young is heard in a trio with pianist Nat "King" Cole and bassist Red Callender and a rare 1945 session headed by singer Helen Humes including a previously unknown instrumental "Riffin' Without Helen", is mostly taken up with Young's very enjoyable 1945-1948 small-group dates. Highlights include "D.B. Blues," "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid" which was a minor hit, "Sunday," and "New Lester Leaps In," among many others. Minor errors aside trumpeter Snooky Young is left out of the personnel listing for the Humes date and Young's final Aladdin session is from 1948, not 1947, this is a well-conceived and brilliant set filled with exciting performances by one of the true greats of jazz.
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  • Release Date: 6/27/2000
  • Label: Definitive Spain
  • UPC: 843600113929
  • Catalog Number: 11139

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Young Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Otis Drums
Joe Albany Piano
Curtis Counce Bass
Chico Hamilton Drums
Helen Humes Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Irving Ashby Guitar
Dave Barbour Guitar
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Jimmy Bunn Piano
Red Callender Bass
Nat King Cole Piano
Maxwell Davis Tenor Saxophone
Gene DiNovi Piano
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Roy Haynes Drums
Tiny Kahn Drums
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Shorty McConnell Trumpet
Curly Russell Bass
Argonne Thornton Piano
Snooky Young Trumpet
Ted Briscoe Bass
Wesley Jones Piano
Rodney Richardson Bass
Fred Lacey Guitar
Lyndell Marshall Drums
Henry Tucker Drums
Jimmy Rudd Bass
Nasir Barakaat Guitar
Technical Credits
Joe Albany Contributor
Leonard Feather Producer, Liner Notes
Willie Smith Contributor
Lester Young Composer
Irving Ashby Contributor
Herbie Brock Composer
Howard McGhee Contributor
Norman Granz Producer
Red Callender Contributor
Nat King Cole Contributor
Roy Haynes Contributor
Brooks Bowman Composer
Carl Beaks Composer
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