Label: Verve Records - 983 6275 • Format: 8x, CD Compilation, Remastered Box Set • Country: Europe • Genre: Jazz • Style: Swing
All too often, jazz critics have promoted the myth that Lester Young 's playing went way downhill after World War II -- that the seminal tenor man was so emotionally wounded by the racism he suffered in the military in Souviens-Toi Du Jour.
- Mylene Farmer* - Innamoramento he could no longer play as well as he had in the '30s and early '40s. To be sure, Young went through hell in the military, and his painful experiences took their toll in the form of alcohol abuse, severe depression, and various health problems.
But despite Young 's mental decline, he was still a fantastic soloist. This eight-CD set, which gathers most of the studio recordings that he made for Norman Granz 's Clef, Norgran, and Verve labels fromunderscores the fact that much of his postwar output was superb.
Disc 8 contains two recorded interviews with the saxman -- one conducted by Chris Albertson in for WCAU radio in Philadelphia, the other by French jazz enthusiast Francois Postif in Paris on February 6, only five or six weeks before Young 's death on March 15 of that year.
The contrast between the fascinating interviews is striking; in Philly, Young is polite and soft-spoken, whereas in Paris, the effects of the alcohol are hard to miss. Sounding intoxicated and using profanity liberally, Young candidly tells Postif about everything from his experiences with racism to his associations with Billie Holiday and Count Basie.
But as much as the set has going for it, The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve isn't for novices, casual listeners, or those who are budget-minded Verve's suggested retail price in the U.
Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Red Boy Blues - Lester Young - The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions On Verve Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date October 19, Genre Jazz. Track Listing - Disc 1. Back to the Land. Lester Young.
I Cover the Waterfront. Johnny Green. Somebody Loves Me. George Gershwin. I've Found a New Baby. The Man I Love. Peg O' My Heart. Fred Fisher. I Want to Be Happy. Vincent Youmans. Mean to Me. Fred E. Too Marvelous For Words.
Richard She Says That She Needs Me - Brian Wilson - Imagination. Polka Dots and Moonbeams. James Van Heusen. Up 'N' Adam. Three Little Words. Harry Ruby. Count Every Star. It All Depends on You. Buddy DeSylva. Track Listing - Disc 2. Jeepers Creepers.
Harry Warren. Thou Swell. Richard Rodgers. September in the Rain. Undercover Girl Blues. Alberto Dominguez. Pete's Cafe. Little Pee Blues. A Foggy Day. In a Little Spanish Town. Mabel Wayne. Let's Fall in Love. Down 'N' Adam. Lester Swings. Slow Motion Blues. Ad Lib Blues. Just You, Just Me. Tea For Two. These Foolish Things. I Can't Get Started. Vernon Duke. Track Listing - Disc 3. Star Dust. No.
35 Aria: Was Bärentatzen, Löwenklauen - Georg Philipp Telemann - Brockes Passion Carmichael. It Takes Two to Tango. On the Sunny Side of the Street.
Jimmy McHugh. Almost Like Being in Love. Frederick Loewe. I'm Confessin'. Willow Weep For Me. This Can't Be Love. Can't We Be Friends. Paul James. Walter Gross. New D. Jumpin' at the Woodside. Count Basie. Oh, Lady Be Good! Another Mambo. Come Rain or Red Boy Blues - Lester Young - The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions On Verve Shine. Harold Arlen. Rose Room. Touch Me Again. Duke Ellington. Track Listing - Disc 4.
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