This Is Jazz, Vol. 26

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
While the jazz critic jury seems to still be out concerning the musical worth of Lester Young's post-World War II recordings, this 17-track collection brings together the tracks and solos that are generally perceived as the yardstick of Prez's genius. All recorded between 1936 to 1943, Young is strictly a sideman in the eight different configurations presented here, but he quietly dominates the proceedings with his bounty of ideas and beautiful playing throughout. Beginning with the Jones/Smith Incorporated track of "Shoe Shine Boy," and moving on to Count Basie's "Lester Leaps In," and an excerpt from Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert appearance in 1938 on "Honeysuckle ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
While the jazz critic jury seems to still be out concerning the musical worth of Lester Young's post-World War II recordings, this 17-track collection brings together the tracks and solos that are generally perceived as the yardstick of Prez's genius. All recorded between 1936 to 1943, Young is strictly a sideman in the eight different configurations presented here, but he quietly dominates the proceedings with his bounty of ideas and beautiful playing throughout. Beginning with the Jones/Smith Incorporated track of "Shoe Shine Boy," and moving on to Count Basie's "Lester Leaps In," and an excerpt from Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall concert appearance in 1938 on "Honeysuckle Rose" focusing on Young's solo but utilizing a splice that proves that Gene Krupa rushed the beat on this 11-minute-plus track, Lester simply shines on every track, a fountainhead of moods, ideas and phrasing that's sublime. His work behind Billie Holiday on "All of me," "The Man I Love" and "I Must Have That Man" shows how extraordinary he was in backing a vocalist and extending the melody line for every song. No matter how the naysayers will critique his later work, the material collected on this disc is above reproach and a major chunk of jazz history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646504222
  • Catalog Number: 65042

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lester Young Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie Piano
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Bill Coleman Trumpet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Freddie Green Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Heywood Piano
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Harry James Trumpet
Jo Jones Drums
Gene Krupa Drums
Jimmy Rushing Vocals
Tab Smith Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Teddy Wilson Piano, Group
Eddie Barefield Trumpet
Lee Castle Trumpet
Benny Morton Trombone
Joe Sullivan Piano
Walter Page Bass
Billie Holiday Vocals, Group
Vernon Brown Trombone
Kenny Clarke Drums
Shad Collins Trumpet
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Al Hall Bass
Al Killian Trumpet
Ellis Larkins Piano
Dan Minor Trombone
Ted Sturgis Bass
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Jack Washington Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dicky Wells Trombone
William J. Jones Group
Glenn Hardman Organ
Leslie Johnakins Alto Saxophone
Count Basie Orchestra Group
Ed Lewis Trumpet
Carl "Tatti" Smith Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Count Basie Arranger
Jimmy Mundy Arranger
Pinetop Smith Composer
Don Redman Arranger
Josef Myrow Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
James Isaacs Liner Notes, Annotation
Dick Gimble Composer
Glenn Hardman Programming
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Seth Rothstein Director
Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera Art Direction, Cover Design
Kim Gaucher Contributor, Graphic Design
Gillian Wong Cover Design
Rosemary Mulligan Packaging Manager
Gene Irwin Composer
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