Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Lester Young - The Complete Aladdin

Although it has often been written that cool-toned tenor saxophonist Lester Young's experiences with racism in the military during 1944-1945 so scarred him that he never played at the same musical level as he had previously, the music on this essential two-CD reissue disproves that theory. It is true that his attitude toward life was affected and Young became somewhat self-destructive, but his postwar solos rank with the greatest work of his career. This two-fer, which has four selections from 1942 in which Young is heard in a trio with pianist Nat King Cole and bassist Red Callender and a rare 1945 session headed by singer Helen Humes (including a previously unknown instrumental "Riffin' Without Helen"), is mostly taken up with Young's very enjoyable 1945-1948 small-group dates. Highlights include "D.B. Blues," "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" (which was a minor hit), "Sunday," and "New Lester Leaps In," among many others. Minor errors aside (trumpeter Snooky Young is left out of the personnel listing for the Humes date and Young's final Aladdin session is from 1948, not 1947), this is a well-conceived and brilliant set filled with exciting performances by one of the true greats of jazz.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-complete-aladdin-recordings-mw0000172821

Lester Young
The Complete Aladdin
Recordings

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Indiana (F. Hanley, MacDonald)  4:50
2 I Can't Get Started (Duke, Gershwin)  4:53
3 Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans)  4:45
4 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  5:07
5 D.B. Blues (Beaks, Young)  2:58
6 Lester Blows Again (Young)  2:29
7 These Foolish Things (Link, Marvell, Strachey)  3:08
8 Jumpin' at Mesner's (Young)  2:42
9 It's Only a Paper Moon (Arlen, Harburg, Rose)  3:03
10 After You've Gone (Creamer, Layton)  2:40
11 Lover, Come Back to Me (Hammerstein II, Romberg)  2:35
12 Jammin' with Lester (Young)  3:01
13 You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson)  3:03
14 New Lester Leaps In (Young)  2:55
15 Lester's Be Bop Shop (Young)  3:12
16 She's Funny That Way (Moret (Chas. N. Daniels), Whiting)  3:17
17 Sunday (Cohn, Krueger, Miller, Styne)  2:22
18 S.M. Blues (Young)  3:00

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Cd. 2

1 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid (Young)  3:09
2 No Eyes Blues (Young)  2:57
3 Sax-O-Be-Bop (Young)  2:50
4 On the Sunny Side of the Street (Fields, McHugh)  2:57
5 Easy Does It (Oliver, Young)  2:31
6 Easy Does It [alt. take] (Oliver, Young)  2:27
7 Movin' with Lester (Young)  2:43
8 One O'Clock Jump (Basie)  2:36
9 Jumpin' at the Woodside (Basie)  2:57
10 I'm Confessin' (Daugherty, Neiburg, Reynolds)  2:29
11 Lester Smooths It Out (Young)  2:52
12 Just Cooling (Young)  2:56
13 Tea for Two (Irving Caesar, Youmans)  3:05
14 East of the Sun (Bowman)  3:07
15 Sheik of Araby (Smith, Snyder, Wheeler)  2:29
16 Something to Remember You By (Dietz, Schwartz)  2:42
17 Riffin' Without Helen (Young)  3:10
18 Please Let Me Forget (Callender)  3:07
19 He Don't Love Me Anymore (Hathaway)  2:49
20 Pleasing Man Blues (Brock)  3:03
21 See See Rider (Rainey)  2:46
22 It's Better to Give Than Receiving (Humes)  2:55

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Personnel
[Cd. 1, # 1-4]
Lester Young - ts
Nat "King" Cole - p
Red Callender - b
Recorded in Los Angeles ; July 15, 1942
[Cd. 1, # 5-8]
Lester Young - ts
Vic Dickenson - tb
Dodo Marmarosa - p
Red Callender - b
Henry Tucker - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; December, 1945
[Cd. 1, # 9-12]
Lester Young - ts
Willie Smith - as
Wesley Jones - p
Curtis Counce - b
Johnny Otis - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; January, 1946
[Cd. 1, # 13-16]
Lester Young - ts
Joe Albany - p
Irving Ashby - g
Red Callender - b
Chico Hamilton - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; August, 1946
[Cd. 1, # 17-18 & Cd. 2, # 1-4]
Lester Young - ts
Shorty McConnell - tp
Argonne Thornton - p
Fred Lacey - g
Rodney Richardson - b
Lyndell Marshall - dr
Recorded in Chicago ; October, 1946
[Cd. 2, # 5-9]
Same as above, except
Ted Briscoe - b, replaces Richardson
Roy Haynes - dr, replaces Marshall
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Los Angeles ; February 18, 1947
[Cd. 2, # 10-12]
Same as [Cd. 2, #1-4]
Nasir Barakaaf - g, replaces Briscoe
Recorded in New York City ; April 2, 1947
[Cd. 2, # 13-16]
Lester Young - ts
Gene DiNovi - p
Chuck Wayne - g
Curly Russell - b
Tiny Kahn - dr
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; December 29, 1947
[Cd. 2, # 17-22]
Helen Humes - vcl
Lester Young & Maxwell Davis - ts
Willie Smith - as
Dave Barbour - g
Jimmy Bunn - p
Junior Rudd - b
Henry Tucker - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; December 22, 1945

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Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

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Tom Billisson said...

Thank you so much for this classic recording.

Moe said...

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John G said...

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daniel genovese said...

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

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Jazzsoulman said...

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