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Lester Young -  The Classic Albums Collection 1955-1958

Lester Young - The Classic Albums Collection 1955-1958

Having risen to prominence as part of the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1930s, Lester Young is still considered to be among the most influential saxophone players of all time; indeed Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Paul Quinichette, Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon and Warne Marsh were all informed by and drew heavily on Youngs sound. Renowned for taking a more relaxed approach to playing than most of his contemporaries, esteemed jazz scholar Scott DeVeaux stated that Young performed with "a free-floating style, wheeling and diving like a gull, banking with low, funky riffs that pleased dancers and listeners alike". Both Charles Mingus and Wayne Shorter wrote pieces in his honour: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Lester Left Town respectively. Known too for his hip style and contribution to popularising much of the hipster language of the 1940s - it was allegedly Lester who first used the term cool to denote a laid back, bohemian sensibility - Youngs impact helped guide jazz through the bebop era of the late 1950s and early 1960s, and it was during this period that the sax man released much of his finest work
This collection, featuring almost five hours of music across four discs, collates the finest recordings made by this true jazz giant. Although marred by health issues, Lester Youngs playing as the bebop genre developed remained as spectacular as ever it was, and over the course of the eight original and remastered albums that complete this set it is wholly apparent just why Youngs music has remained so influential to generations of jazz performers, and so popular with fans both new and old.

CD 1
1 Somebody Loves Me 4:59  
2 Come Rain Or Come Shine 3:13  
3 Rose Room 4:11  
4 Another Mambo 3:39  
5 It Don't Mean A Thing 4:32  
6 Kiss Me Again 5:17  
7 I'm In The Mood For Love 3:32  
8 Big Top Blues 4:42  
9 Stardust 3:39  
10 I'm Confessin' 3:44  
11 I Can't Give You Anything But Love 3:23  
12 These Foolish Things 3:28  
13 Lester Swings 2:34  
14 Count Every Star 3:02  
15 It All Depends On You 3:24  
16 September In The Rain 3:09  
17 Pete's Cafe 3:37  
18 Slow Motion Blues 2:58  

CD 2
1 A Foggy Day 2:50  
2 In A Little Spanish Town 3:10  
3 Let's Fall In Love 2:53  
4 Down 'N Adam 2:53  
5 Willow Weep For Me 3:09  
6 This Can't Be Love 3:25  
7 Can't We Be Friends 3:10  
8 Tenderly 3:29  
9 New D.B. Blues 3:21  
10 Jumpin' At The Woodside 3:05  
11 I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me 3:14  
12 Oh, Lady Be Good 3:27  
13 Mean To Me 7:17  
14 Red Boy Blues 5:15  
15 Pennies From Heaven 5:18  
16 That's All 4:38  
17 One O' Clock Jump 5:21  
18 She's Funny That Way 8:27  

CD 3
1 I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan 9:35  
2 I Didn't Know What Time It Was 10:06  
3 Gigantic Blues 6:54  
4 This Year's Kisses 6:49  
5 You Can Depend On Me 9:07  
6 All Of Me 5:10  
7 Prisoner Of Love 7:40  
8 Louise 5:19  
9 Love Me Or Leave Me 6:51  
10 Taking A Chance On Love 5:11  
11 Our Love Is Here To Stay 6:30  

CD 4
1 Flic 6:16  
2 Our Love Is Here To Stay 5:53  
3 St. Tropez 10:06  
4 Waldorf Blues 8:19  
5 Sunday 6:55  
6 You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me 5:21  
7 Salute To Benny 8:32  
8 They Can't Take That Away From Me 6:02  
9 Romping 11:43  
10 Gypsy In My Soul 4:15  
11 Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone 6:12  

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