Jazz Giants '56

Jazz Giants '56

by Lester Young
     
 

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 DickensonSee more details below

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042282567222
catalogNumber:
825672
Rank:
13830

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Young   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Louie Bellson   Drums
Buddy DeFranco   Clarinet
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet,Track Performer
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Freddie Green   Guitar
Bill Harris   Trombone
Jo Jones   Drums
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Gene Ramey   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Vic Dickenson   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
Arthur Kramer   Liner Notes
Jo Jones All Stars   Author

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