This Is Jazz, Vol. 26

This Is Jazz, Vol. 26

by Lester Young



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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/1997
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646504222
catalogNumber: 65042

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Young   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie   Piano
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Bill Coleman   Trumpet
Harry 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
Hall   Bass
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
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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