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This Is Jazz Vol. 26

Lester YoungAudio CD
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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listen  1. Shoe Shine Boy (78rpm Version)Lester Young with Count Basie & His Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Boogie Woogie (78rpm Version)Count Basie & His Orchestra; with Lester Young 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. He Ain't Got Rhythm (Album Version)Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra;Billie Holiday 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Must Have That Man (Album Version)Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra;Billie Holiday 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Honeysuckle Rose (excerpt)Benny Goodman;Lester Young 4:03$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Live And Love Tonight (78rpm Version)Basie's Bad Boys 3:06$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Pound Cake (78rpm Version)Count Basie & His Orchestra 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Exactly Like You (78rpm Version)Glenn Hardman & His Hammond Five 2:40$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Clap Hands! Here Comes Charlie (Album Version)Count Basie & His Orchestra 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Dickie's Dream (Alternate Take #2)Count Basie's Kansas City Seven 3:18$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen11. Lester Leaps In (Alternate Take)Lester Young 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Ham 'n' Eggs (78rpm Version)Lester Young 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. The Man I LoveBillie Holiday & Her Orchestra 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Easy Does It (Album Version)Count Basie & His Orchestra 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Five O'Clock Whistle (Alternate Take #2)Count Basie & His Orchestra 3:03$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen16. All Of Me (take 3)Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. I Got Rhythm (Album Version)Lester Young 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records/Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AFR
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed Compilation of a Jazz Giant February 21, 2002
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Lester Young was one of the greatest figures in the history of jazz, and might be, along with Bix Beiderbecke, my personal favorite. But this CD is a poor introduction to his work.
The irony is that CBS/Sony, the company that put out this one-CD compilation, released in the 1970s a multi-LP set of Lester Young recordings that to this day remains the best introduction to his music. But it has never been released on compact disc. Why not? I have no idea.
The cuts on this CD, meanwhile, feel as if they were arbitrarily (and sometimes capriciously) chosen. There's Shoe Shine Boy, of course, arguably the greatest debut recording in the history of jazz. But where's his equally famous recording of Lady Be Good? Not here. Neither are most of the great tracks he recorded in collaboration with Billie Holiday during 1936-37, and of the two that are here, only I Must Have That Man gives you an idea of the odd psychic nature of their collaboration (so dramatically demonstrated in the second chorus of Me Myself and I, not included on this CD). There's also not a trace of the great performances that Pres did with Jazz at the Philharmonic starting after WWII, although this is probably for contractual reasons.
But a cut from the frankly silly sessions that John Hammond put together with organist Glenn Hardman has been stuck in. Why? Beats me. Did the people who put together this CD (the choices are credited to James Isaacs, who also wrote the liner notes) know what they were doing? Or were they just trying to be different, and avoid the obvious choices? I haven't got a clue, but if you want a CD that gives you a good idea of why so many people consider Lester Young one of the best jazz musicians ever, this won't do it.
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