The Jazz Giants '56

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Even critics who feel against the recorded evidence to the contrary that little of tenor saxophonist Lester Young's postwar playing is at the level of his earlier performances make an exception for this session. Young was clearly inspired by the other musicians trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trombonist Vic Dickenson, pianist Teddy Wilson, guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Jo Jones, who together made for a very potent band of swing all-stars. The five songs on this album include some memorable renditions of ballads and a fine version of "You Can Depend on Me," but it is the explosive joy of the fiery "Gigantic Blues" that takes honors. This set, a real gem, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Even critics who feel against the recorded evidence to the contrary that little of tenor saxophonist Lester Young's postwar playing is at the level of his earlier performances make an exception for this session. Young was clearly inspired by the other musicians trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trombonist Vic Dickenson, pianist Teddy Wilson, guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Jo Jones, who together made for a very potent band of swing all-stars. The five songs on this album include some memorable renditions of ballads and a fine version of "You Can Depend on Me," but it is the explosive joy of the fiery "Gigantic Blues" that takes honors. This set, a real gem, is highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042282567222
  • Catalog Number: 825672
  • Sales rank: 15,998

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Young Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Louie Bellson Drums
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet, Track Performer
Herb Ellis Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Jo Jones Drums
Oscar Peterson Piano
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano
Gene Ramey Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Vic Dickenson Trombone
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
Jo Jones All Stars Drums
Technical Credits
Count Basie Author
Miles Davis Author
Barney Kessel Author
Lester Young Author
Gene Ramey Author
Louis Armstrong Author
Billie Holiday Author
Norman Granz Producer
Val Valentin Engineer
Dennis Drake Remastering
Arthur Kramer Liner Notes
Jo Jones All Stars Author
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