Lester Young - The Complete Savoy Recordings

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2002 CD collection.

This collection is divided into two separate and distinct periods in Young’s life. The first to be explored is the recordings he did in a two-week period in 1944 as both a sideman and as a bandleader. The first twenty tracks are culled from sessions he did on April 18th of 1944 with the Johnny Guarnieri All-Star Orchestra and Earle warren Orchestra. Had it not been pointed out by the excellent and annotated liner note by Loren Schoenberg, there would be no real way of telling for sure that Young was even on these sessions. His solos are staid but true to the orchestra for which he recorded. However, the final six tracks on the first disk have Young leading his own Quintet (featuring Count Basie on piano) and while not as profound as he would become, the true character and tone of Young’s tenor begins to move forward. This is particularly evident on the master take of “Jump, Lester, Jump.”

Disc two offers a collection of two post-war recordings done by Young with his Sextet in the studio in 1949 and ‘in performance’ in 1950 with his Quintet. Due to natural artistic evolution, more freedom in the studio and confidence in his abilities to lead his own group, Young truly stretches out and fires all cylinders into the microphone and to the audience in attendance.


These Foolish Things Remind Me of You - Take 1 Master
Exercise in Swing - Take 1 Master
Exercise in Swing - Take 2
Exercise in Swing - Take 3
Exercise in Swing - Take 4
Salute to Fats - Take 1
Salute to Fats - Take 2
Salute to Fats - Take 3
Salute to Fats - Take 4
Salute to Fats - Take 5 Master
Basie English - Take 1
Basie English - Take 2 Master
Empty Hearted - Take 1 Master
Circus in Rhythm - Take 1 Master
Circus in Rhythm - Take 2
Circus in Rhythm - Take 3
Poor Little Plaything - Take 1 Master
Poor Little Plaything - Take 2
Tush - Take 1
Tush - Take 2 Master
Blue Lester (Lester's Blues) - Take 1 Master
Ghost of a Chance - Take 1
Ghost of a Chance - Take 2 Master
Indiana - Take 1
Indiana - Take 2 Master
Jump, Lester, Jump (Lester's Savoy Jump) - Take 1 Master
Crazy Over J-Z - Take 1
Crazy Over J-Z - Take 2
Crazy Over J-Z - Take 3 Master
Ding Dong - Take 1
Ding Dong - Take 2
Ding Dong - Take 3 Master
Blues 'N' Bells - Take 1
Blues 'N' Bells - Take 2
Blues 'N' Bells - Take 3 Master
June Bug - Take 1 Master
Body and Soul
Up and Adam
Big Eye Blues
One O'Clock Blues
Lester's Mop Mop Blues
Pennies from Heaven
I Can't Get Started
How High the Moon
Jumpin' with Symphony Sid


SKU 79504171222
Barcode # 79504171222
Brand Savoy Jazz

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