Lester Swings [Verve]

Lester Swings [Verve]

by Lester Young
     
 

In selecting a little over an hour's worth of excerpts from the eight-CD box set The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve for this highlights disc, the compilers have resisted the urge to stick with only a collection of Young's more accomplished early works and included a few examples of his deteriorated, but still moving, later…  See more details below

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In selecting a little over an hour's worth of excerpts from the eight-CD box set The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve for this highlights disc, the compilers have resisted the urge to stick with only a collection of Young's more accomplished early works and included a few examples of his deteriorated, but still moving, later work. They have hedged their bets somewhat, however, by not sequencing things chronologically, so that the album closes with a 1949 recording of the pop song "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" rather than, say, "Waldorf Blues" from 1958. Early or late, Young's playing is readily identifiable, if only for the chances it takes, whether on the up-tempo "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" or the strikingly excessive introductory blowing on the opening phrases of "Love Is Here to Stay." Young's associates on the tracks constitute a who's who of his contemporaries, including Ray Brown, Nat "King" Cole, Hary "Sweets" Edison, Roy Eldridge, Herb Ellis, Hank Jones, Jo Jones, Connie Kay, John Lewis, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, and Teddy Wilson. While it takes more than an hour to get a full sense of Young's work on Verve (hence the box set), this is an intelligently constructed sampler.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454777223
catalogNumber:
547772

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Young   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Freddie Green   Guitar
Hank Jones   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Barney Kessel   Guitar
John Lewis   Piano
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Buddy Rich   Drums
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Lou Stein   Piano
Mickey Sheen   Drums
Connie Kay   Bass,Drums
Gene Ramey   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Nat King Cole   Piano
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Jesse Drakes   Trumpet
J.C. Heard   Drums
Gildo Mahones   Piano
John Ore   Bass
John Richard Lewis   Piano
Roy Lee Brown   Bass

Technical Credits

Norman Granz   Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Dave Gelly   Liner Notes
Peter Keepnews   Notes Editing,Note Editing
James Van Heusen   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Sherniece Smith   Artwork

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