Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns Jazz

by Lester Young
     
 
His creed sounded so simple: "You've got to be original, man." Yet he rose in the ranks of the big bands during the age of jazz conformity. Lester Young was different. Born different. He heard differently, he spoke differently. And by the time he joined forces with Count Basie in Kansas City in 1936, he had his own language on the tenor saxophone. No matter how hot

Overview

His creed sounded so simple: "You've got to be original, man." Yet he rose in the ranks of the big bands during the age of jazz conformity. Lester Young was different. Born different. He heard differently, he spoke differently. And by the time he joined forces with Count Basie in Kansas City in 1936, he had his own language on the tenor saxophone. No matter how hot the Basie band blew, Young's fierce individualism, no less than his liquid tone, distinguished him from the ensemble as the essence of cool. He swung like mad, but he stayed cool. He went off on his own in the Forties, and over nearly twenty years his inimitable legato phrasing spawned hundreds of imitators. They spoke, in the early Fifties, of the Birth of the Cool: He was its daddy, Daddy.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
With cooperation from the Verve and Columbia Legacy catalogs, the Ken Burns Jazz series on CD individually spotlights the musical excellence of 22 jazz originators whose careers and influence are explored in Burns' PBS documentary Jazz. This disc highlights tenor saxophonist Lester Young, beginning with his membership in the Count Basie band during its historic prime from 1937 to 1939. In addition, Young's late-'30s participation in the Billie Holiday and Teddy Wilson orchestras is represented, and the CD also includes mid-'40s sides for Aladdin such as "D.B Blues" and "Jumpin' With Symphony Sid" (which proved wrong many critics who insisted that Young's abilities had deteriorated after his release from the military). Although Young initially left Basie in 1940, he occasionally rejoined the band, as evidenced by "Polka Dots and Moonbeams," this disc's concluding track from 1957. While it's difficult to sum up the history of Lester Young on a single disc, the highlights presented on Ken Burns Jazz should be enough to keep the novice jazz listener interested in searching out more material.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454908221
catalogNumber:
549082

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Young   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Count Basie   Piano
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones   Drums
Buddy Rich   Drums
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Slam Stewart   Bass
Buddy Tate   Tenor Saxophone
Claude Thornhill   Piano
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Edmond Hall   Clarinet
Benny Morton   Trombone
Gene Ramey   Bass
Walter Page   Bass
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Red Callender   Bass
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Henry Coker   Trombone
Nat King Cole   Piano
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
Eddie Durham   Trombone,Electric Guitar
Herschel Evans   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Sadik Hakim   Piano
John Hammond   Spoken Word
Bill Hughes   Trombone
George Hunt   Trombone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Joe Keyes   Trumpet
Killian   Trumpet
Dodo Marmarosa   Piano
Dan Minor   Trombone
Benny Powell   Trombone
Caughey Roberts   Alto Saxophone
Earle Warren   Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Claude "Fiddler" Williams   Guitar
Jimmy Sherman   Piano
Eddie Jones   Bass
Rodney Richardson   Bass
Ed Lewis   Trumpet
Fred Lacey   Guitar
Lyndell Marshall   Drums
Henry Tucker   Drums
Carl "Tatti" Smith   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Andy Gibson   Arranger
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Walter Page   Composer
Euday L. Bowman   Composer
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Eddie Durham   Arranger
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger
Milt Gabler   Composer
Peter Keepnews   Liner Notes
Francis Davis   Liner Notes
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Pat Sweeting   Business Consultant
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
John Jacob Loeb   Composer
Carl Beaks   Composer
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Joe Burke   Composer
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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