Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lester Young - The Jazz Giants '56

Even critics who feel (against the recorded evidence to the contrary) that little of tenor saxophonist Lester Young's postwar playing is at the level of his earlier performances make an exception for this session. Young was clearly inspired by the other musicians (trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trombonist Vic Dickenson, pianist Teddy Wilson, guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Jo Jones), who together made for a very potent band of swing all-stars. The five songs on this album include some memorable renditions of ballads and a fine version of "You Can Depend on Me," but it is the explosive joy of the fiery "Gigantic Blues" that takes honors. This set, a real gem, is highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

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Lester Young
The Jazz Giants


1 I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan (Dietz, Schwartz)  9:31
2 I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Hart, Rodgers)  10:02
3 Gigantic Blues (Young)  6:51
4 This Year's Kisses (Berlin)  6:45
5 You Can Depend on Me (Carpenter, Dunlap, Hines)  9:06


Lester Young - ts
Vic Dickenson - tb
Roy Eldridge - tp
Teddy Wilson - p
Freddie Green - g
Gene Ramey - b
Joe Jones - dr

Recorded at Fine Sound, New York ; January 12, 1956


Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks Melanchthon! Long Life Sic Vos Non Vobis

Chris said...

Thank Mel for another jazz classic

Tibau said...

Great Lester.!!
Thanks Mel

fcapeau said...

At last, a day without a Prez chorus can't be a good day ! Many thanks, Mel, for enjoying this one.

nick said...

Beautiful! I know the Teddy session, but not this one. I'm really looking forward to this! Thank you so much.

glinka21 said...

This is a great session, and it's nice now to have it digitally, when I've only had it for years on an LP. Thank you.

AmyBRAINS said...

It's a very great album!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel.

Luro said...

Muchas gracias Mel, espero que cuando lo escuche Lester esté a la alutra que dicen los comentarios, y aunque no sea así, igual es el gran Lester.

Ghjuvan-Paulu said...

Merci Mel :-)

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

Terry said...

Another fine album- thanks Mel

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

jazzcat1228 said...

Great post! Thank you for yet another classic share, Mel.

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