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Young's clarinet virtually defines the sonority of later "cool" alto saxophonists like Lee Konitz and Paul Desmond, and the blend with the transparent textures of the two guitars is particularly advanced. The second session is by a very different Kansas City Six from 1944, with Young and Jones the only returning members. It's a far more conventional setting, with trumpeter Bill Coleman and trombonist Dicky Wells competing in brashness and pianist Joe Bushkin in place of the guitars. The sometimes aggressive cast to the band only highlights Young's superbly relaxed phrasing. His opening solos on the three takes of "I Got Rhythm" are textbook example of relaxed swing, and their inspiration to Wells is apparent in his solos that follow. The CD concludes with four tracks by the Kansas City Five from March 1938, the earliest session here. It's the first Kansas City Six without Young present, still well worth hearing for the superb play of Clayton, Durham, and the rhythm section. --Stuart Broomer
I would heartily recommend this CD to any human being.
In fact, I would say that his playing is some of the best of that era: tasteful, emotional, and completely aware of the importance of every individual note.
We have the Basie's All-American rhythm session without Basie for contractual reasons--Freddie Green, Joe Jones, and the great Walter Page.
I would echo what most of the other reviews have said. I have to disagree strongly with the reviewer who criticizes Eddie Durham. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mak I. Jamison
this cd shows how sentisive and dynamic LY is. the many alternative takes shows how different he could perform the samwe melody, using minimal changes in intonation and so onPublished on April 19, 2011 by Niels Jørn Hansen
In my last review on this LP (not CD), I mentioned that there were extra tracks on the CD that Commodore left out of the LP. What a crime. Read morePublished on September 3, 2003 by "douglasnegley"
Hey - there are great moments here - such as Lester playing clarinet, and playing the hell out of it: BUT BUYER BEWARE... Read morePublished on August 30, 2003 by "douglasnegley"
A friend sent this to me as a gift recently. I own a lot of jazz, but no Lester Young CD's until this one. Read morePublished on June 29, 2003 by William E. Adams
Lester's tenor solos on "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" and "Them There Eyes" are amongst the handful of greatest musical passages I've ever heard - in ANY... Read morePublished on August 5, 2001 by Lefty O'doul
These recordings are one of the keystones of the Lester Young discography and were for a long time only available on rather poorly pressed vinyl cutout albums. Read morePublished on February 13, 2001 by bruce horner