The Lester Young Story [Proper]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Proper, the famous British reissue label, has given the world a series of four-CD "Proper boxes" that contain essential recordings by legendary musicians. Proper's The Lester Young Story is an excellent introduction to this man's phenomenal artistry. Beginning with two instrumentals from his very first recording session on November 9, 1936, Proper skims along the surface of the first 13 years of Lester Young's career, touching upon his adventures with Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Una Mae Carlisle, Sammy Price, the Kansas City Six and Seven, pianist Nat King Cole, and numerous others who collaborated with Pres on records issued under his name. This musical ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Proper, the famous British reissue label, has given the world a series of four-CD "Proper boxes" that contain essential recordings by legendary musicians. Proper's The Lester Young Story is an excellent introduction to this man's phenomenal artistry. Beginning with two instrumentals from his very first recording session on November 9, 1936, Proper skims along the surface of the first 13 years of Lester Young's career, touching upon his adventures with Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Una Mae Carlisle, Sammy Price, the Kansas City Six and Seven, pianist Nat King Cole, and numerous others who collaborated with Pres on records issued under his name. This musical odyssey is a colorful mosaic of historical recordings that originally appeared on the Vocalion, Columbia, Victor, Signature, Keynote, Savoy, Aladdin, and Mercury/Norgran/Verve labels. The survey closes with two extended jams from a Jazz at the Philharmonic concert held at Carnegie Hall on September 17, 1949. Although it stops short of dipping into the best of his later works, Proper's The Lester Young Story may serve both as a superb introduction and a tasty addition to already well-stocked jazz libraries.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 604988990829
  • Catalog Number: 8

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shoe Shine Boy (3:00)
  2. 2 Oh, Lady Be Good (3:08)
  3. 3 This Year's Kisses (3:08)
  4. 4 Easy Living (3:03)
  5. 5 Me, Myself and I (2:33)
  6. 6 A Sailboat in the Moonlight (2:50)
  7. 7 One O'Clock Jump (3:03)
  8. 8 When You're Smiling (2:50)
  9. 9 Every Tub (3:21)
  10. 10 Swinging the Blues (2:44)
  11. 11 Doggin' Around (3:03)
  12. 12 Jumpin' at the Woodside (3:09)
  13. 13 I Can't Get Started (2:48)
  14. 14 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (2:59)
  15. 15 Countless Blues (3:01)
  16. 16 I Want a Little Girl (2:53)
  17. 17 Shorty George (2:49)
  18. 18 Pannassie Stomp (2:49)
  19. 19 You Can Depend on Me (3:13)
  20. 20 Cherokee, Pts. 1-2 (6:13)
  21. 21 Jive at Five (2:52)
  22. 22 Taxi War Dance (2:52)
  23. 23 Pound Cake (2:43)
  24. 24 Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dickie's Dream (3:09)
  2. 2 Lester Leaps In (3:16)
  3. 3 Tickle Toe (2:41)
  4. 4 Ad Lib Blues (3:22)
  5. 5 I Never Knew (3:02)
  6. 6 Lester's Dream (3:19)
  7. 7 Broadway (2:58)
  8. 8 Tickle Toe (5:33)
  9. 9 Taxi War Dance (5:27)
  10. 10 Blitzkrieg Baby (You Can't Bomb Me) (3:20)
  11. 11 Beautiful Eyes (3:02)
  12. 12 Things About Coming My Way (3:00)
  13. 13 Just Jivin' Around (2:54)
  14. 14 All of Me (3:58)
  15. 15 I Can't Get Started (4:52)
  16. 16 Tea for Two (4:46)
  17. 17 Body and Soul (5:08)
  18. 18 Hello Babe (3:12)
  19. 19 Just You, Just Me (3:06)
  20. 20 Afternoon of a Basie-Ite (3:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sometimes I'm Happy (3:08)
  2. 2 After Theatre Jump (4:50)
  3. 3 Six Cats and a Prince (5:23)
  4. 4 Lester Leaps Again (4:26)
  5. 5 Destination K.C. (4:51)
  6. 6 I Got Rhythm (3:19)
  7. 7 Poor Little Plaything (2:56)
  8. 8 Exercise in Swing (3:01)
  9. 9 Salute to Fats (3:20)
  10. 10 Blue Lester (3:26)
  11. 11 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (3:23)
  12. 12 Jump Lester Jump (3:21)
  13. 13 Midnight Symphony (3:01)
  14. 14 D.B. Blues (3:02)
  15. 15 Lester Blows Again (2:33)
  16. 16 These Foolish Things (3:13)
  17. 17 Jumpin' at Mesner's (2:46)
  18. 18 Back to the Land (3:54)
  19. 19 I Cover the Waterfront (3:55)
  20. 20 I've Found a New Baby (4:06)
  21. 21 I Want to Be Happy (3:58)
Disc 4
  1. 1 It's Only a Paper Moon (3:08)
  2. 2 Lover, Come Back to Me (2:39)
  3. 3 You're Driving Me Crazy (3:07)
  4. 4 Lester's Be-Bop Boogie (3:15)
  5. 5 She's Funny That Way (3:21)
  6. 6 Sunday (2:25)
  7. 7 S.M. Blues (3:05)
  8. 8 Jumpin' With Symphony Sid (3:14)
  9. 9 On the Sunny Side of the Street (3:01)
  10. 10 Sax-O-Be-Bop (3:01)
  11. 11 Just Cooling (3:01)
  12. 12 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (2:32)
  13. 13 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (3:11)
  14. 14 The Sheik of Araby (2:32)
  15. 15 Something to Remember You By (2:46)
  16. 16 Ding Dong (2:29)
  17. 17 Blues 'n' Bells (2:27)
  18. 18 Lester Leaps In (12:15)
  19. 19 Embraceable You (10:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Young Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Otis Drums
Joe Albany Piano
Count Basie Piano
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Curtis Counce Bass
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Freddie Green Guitar
Chico Hamilton Drums
Eddie Heywood Piano
Hank Jones Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Joe Newman Trumpet
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Buddy Rich Drums
Willie Smith Alto Saxophone
Slam Stewart Bass
Buddy Tate Tenor Saxophone
Irving Ashby Guitar
Eddie Barefield Clarinet
Joe Bushkin Piano
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Hank D'Amico Clarinet
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Chuck Wayne Guitar
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Sammy Price Piano
Walter Page Bass
Billie Holiday Vocals
Ray Brown Bass
Red Callender Bass
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Nat King Cole Piano
Shad Collins Trumpet
Gene DiNovi Piano
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Jesse Drakes Trumpet
Clyde Hart Piano
Roy Haynes Drums
Tiny Kahn Drums
Al Killian Trumpet
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Shorty McConnell Trumpet
Charlie Parker Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Powell Alto Saxophone
Curly Russell Bass
Rudy Rutherford Bass Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Argonne Thornton Piano
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
Harold "Doc" West Drums
Ted Briscoe Bass
Wesley Jones Piano
Leslie Johnakins Alto Saxophone
Tommy Turk Trombone
Dexter Hall Guitar
Lou Taylor Trombone
Rodney Richardson Bass
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Fred Lacey Guitar
Lyndell Marshall Drums
Ted Donelly Trombone
Don Stovall Alto Saxophone
Henry Tucker Drums
Copzy Cole Drums
Jerry Elliott Trombone
Yack Taylor Vocals
Bill Johnson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Bing Crosby Composer
Count Basie Composer
Tadd Dameron Arranger
Earl Hines Composer
Oscar Peterson Composer
Lester Young Composer
Eddie Durham Composer
Mark Fisher Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Ted Snyder Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Dicky Wells Composer
George Whiting Composer
Victor Young Composer
Charles Carpenter Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Brooks Bowman Composer
Doris Fisher Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Larry Shay Composer
John Jacob Loeb Composer
Louis Dunlap Composer
Allan Roberts Composer
Alvin Kaufman Composer
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