Lester Young – Lester Leaps In (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:15 minutes | 1,07 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Storyville Records
The great Lester Young, nicknamed “Prez” by Billie Holiday, truly began his rise as one of the legends of jazz with the Count Basie Orchestra in Kansas City. This compilation of his great recordings gets its name from a jazz head written by Basie himself to celebrate and highlight Young’s skills as a saxophone player (the opening track of the record).
Young would later leave the Basie Orchestra and perform on many recordings with Billie Holiday and Nat “King” Cole, up until the infamous recording ban of 1942-44, followed by his induction into the U.S. military for the 2nd World War. During this time, he was not allowed to play saxophone (unlike white musician’s such as Glenn Miller, who was inducted into a military band outfit), and he was court-marshalled and placed in a detention barracks after being found with alcohol and marijuana. This lead to his writing “D.B. Blues” – featured on this compilation.
After the war, Prez began to release prolifically, joining Norman Grantz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic troupe and making several trio recordings with Nat King Cole. He remained on the map for the next decade recording and performing with many of the greats, but his health and playing began to decline as he turned toward drinking.
This legendary and storied musician remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, and his story lives on in this high resolution compilation.
1. Lester Leaps In (f) 3:12
2. These Foolish Things (f) 3:33
3. Three Little Words (f) 4:30
4. Pennies from Heaven (d) 2:57
5. Polka Dots and Moonbeams (d) 3:33
6. Indiana (e) 3:57
7. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid © 3:20
8. D.B. Blues (a) 3:00
9. A Ghost of a Chance (a) 3:42
10. Up and Atom (b) 4:20
11. Blues in G (b) 5:39
12. Tea for Two (b) 1:32
(a) Jesse Drake (tp); Lester Young (ts); John Lewis (p); Gene Ramey (b);
Jo Jones (dm). Recorded at Birdland, New York City, May 19th, 1951.
(b) Jesse Drake (tp); Lester Young (ts); Horace Silver (p); Aaron Bell or
Franklin Skeets (b); Lee Abram or Connie Kay (dm). Opinions differ
regarding the bass player and the drummer, so we decided to give both
names. Recorded at Birdland, New York City, January 15th 1953.
© Lester Young (ts); Bill Potts (p); Norman Williams (b); Jim Lucht (dr).
Recorded at Olivia’s Patio Lounge, Washington, December 8th, 1956.
(d) Same as ©. Recorded at Café Bohemia, New York City,
December 22nd, 1956.
(e) Same as (d) but add Idrees Sulieman (tp).
(f) Same as (e). Recorded at Café Bohemia, New York City, probably
December 29th 1956.