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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Savoy
  • ASIN: B000067FTL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not only do you get some exceptional studio material from Lester Young, but you also get a great set of live tracks recorded in Chicago ("Big Eye Blues" is an awesome slow blues). Don't let the large amount of alternate takes fool you. There were many great players, but Pres was one of those select few who could come up with something completely new from one take to the next, and Lester's ability to say so much with so few notes is unsurpassed. Lester can say more with a chorus or two than most sax players could with fifteen. It's not hard to understand why Charlie Parker studied Lester's recordings.
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recorded in 1944, 1949 and in 1950 this 2 CD set of the Savoy sessions boasts 20 bit sound and is a treat from a giant whose "sweet" swinging style, is often considered ethereal.
There are many Lester Young compilations out there and focusing on these Savoy sides with all the takes features him as a leader of his own group/small band,key soloist as well as dates with his "boss" Count Basie and other great magicians of the day.
Disc ones sides include Johnny Guarnieri All Star Orchestra 1944, and the Earl Warren Orchestra 1944,and Lester Young's Quintet 1944.
Disc two includes Lester Young's Sextet 1949 and Quintet sides live in Chicago 1950.
<A great deal looking at all the used copies on sale here.
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Lester Young is my favorite sax, so my review is highly biased - it's fantastic. The only problem is that the tracks on Disc 1 have a hitch in the order - "Empty Hearted" actually appears in Track #20, not #13, shifting all listed tracks, 14 - 20, by one, to 13 - 19.
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Someone asked Lester Young why he wasn’t playing like he did twenty years earlier and he told that person that we grow, we change, we move on. So, on recordings there a lot of Lester Youngs. I don’t think I’ve heard them all yet. I don’t think I’ve heard much of this Lester but it is a new adventure for me and I have enjoyed it.

This is Lester’s life after Count Basie. By this time he’s made one impression and set off a whole new way of improvising jazz: cool and horizontal. Stan Getz will follow it anywhere. It will emerge on the east coast with Lee Konitz and with The Birth of the Cool and Miles Davis, Lee, Mulligan et al and on west coast jazz with Shorty Rogers, the Mulligan/Baker Quartet et al.

We find Pres here working on his second reincarnation. His foil here is Harry Sweets Edision, trumpet. Sweets can be a companion to Pres. As he was in a sessions with Mulligan and Getz where he puts on his mute and stays as cool as they are. Or with Hoagy Carmichael and Art Pepper. He is economical as one would like him to be on a vocal album.

Here on the Complete Savoy Sweets matches Lester’s verbosity note for note. And on tunes such as These Foolish Things he matches Lester in sensitivity.

Count Basie with his measured note for note provides the counterpoint Pres needs to deliver the feeling that warms your heart. Or to quote critic Loren Schoenberg, “A lovely Ralph Ellison thought juxtaposed with Pre(z): A great religious leader is a “master of ecstasy.” He evokes emotions that move beyond the rational on to the mystical. A jazz musician does something the same. By his manipulation of sound and rhythm, he releases movements and emotions which allow for transcendence of everyday reality.
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This has been on constant play in the car since it arrived in the mail. Young's persistent inventiveness in the blues is nothing short of staggering. Much of the music on both discs has the feel of miracle-ized late night blowing sessions where the people present hope the sunrise never comes.
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