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Lester Young - The Small Group Sessions Vol. 2 - 1936-1951 album

Lester Young - The Small Group Sessions Vol. 2 - 1936-1951 album
  • Performer Lester Young
  • Title The Small Group Sessions Vol. 2 - 1936-1951
  • Date of release 2007
  • Other formats TTA ASF MP1 MIDI AC3 MPC RA
  • Genre Jazz
  • Size MP3 1342 mb
  • Size FLAC 1522 mb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 275

Too Marvelous for Words. 2. 'Deed I Do. Lester Young. 4. Polka Dots and Moonbeams.

Six Cats And A Prince. 12. Lester Leaps Again.

Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and sometime clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra, Young was one of the most influential players on his instrument. In contrast to many of his hard-driving peers, Young played with a relaxed, cool tone and used sophisticated harmonies, using "a free-floating style, wheeling and diving like a gull, banking with low, funky riffs that pleased dancers and listeners alike".

Listeners who have heard Young’s classic solos – the 1936 Lady be Good (Vo. ) with Jo Jones and Carson Smith, Jumpin’ at the Woodside (Vo. ) or Lester Leaps Again with Basie (Vo. ) – will have to judge how much of a falling-off is evident in the material on the Savoy sessions (1944-1950). The Aladdin sessions do, however, cover some of his best work as a leader, though some of these are for the singer Helen Humes

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While with Basie, Young made small-group recordings for Milt Gabler's Commodore Records, The Kansas City Sessions. Although they were recorded in New York (in 1938, with a reunion in 1944), they are named after the group, the Kansas City Seven, and comprised Buck Clayton, Dicky Wells, Basie, Young, Freddie Green, Rodney Richardson, and Jo Jones. Young played clarinet as well as tenor in these sessions. Young is described as playing the clarinet in a "liquid, nervous style. Small record labels not bound by union contracts continued to record and he recorded some sessions for Harry Lim's Keynote label in 1943. In December 1943 Young returned to the Basie fold for a 10-month stint, cut short by his being drafted into the army during World War II (see below). From around 1951, Young's level of playing declined more precipitously as his drinking increased.

Complete Studio Sessions On Verve. Composed primarily of small combos, these tracks' themes are set by the piano players. Nat King Cole's walking bass lines and drummer Buddy Rich's pepperings cushion Young's Icarusian flights on "I Cover the Waterfront," "The Man I Love," and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams. But generally, his early '50s playing is laudable. He turns in fine solos on ballads (1953's "Can't We Be Friends"), blues (1951's "Undercover Girl Blues"), and uptempo numbers (1951's "In a Little Spanish Town").

Joan Baez, Vol. 2 was Baez's second album. Released in 1961, the album, like her self-titled 1960 debut album, featured mostly traditional songs. The bluegrass band The Greenbriar Boys provided backup on two songs. Joan Baez, Vol. 2 peaked at on the Billboard album chart and was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Performance". The Vanguard reissue contains three unreleased tracks, "I Once Loved A Boy", "Poor Boy", and "Longest Train I Ever Saw". The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions, Volume 4: 1946-1949 released: 1993. The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions, Volume 3: 1944-1946 released: 1993. The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions, Volume 2: 1942-1944 released: 1993. Lady Day & Pres 1937-1941 released: 1992. Compact Jazz: Lester Young & the Piano Giants released: 1992.


CD 1
1-1 Too Marvelous For Words
1-2 'Deed I Do
1-3 Encore
1-4 Polka Dots And Moonbeams
1-5 Up And At'em
1-6 Tree Little Words
1-7 Count Every Star
1-8 It All Depends On You
1-9 Neenah
1-10 Jeepers Creepers
1-11 Thou Swell
1-12 September In The Rain
1-13 Undercover (Girl) Blues
1-14 Frenesi
1-15 Pete's Café
1-16 Little Peel's Blues
1-17 A Foggy Day
1-18 In A Little Spanish Town
1-19 Let's Fall In Love
1-20 Down 'n' At'em
1-21 Lester Swings
1-22 Slow Motian Blues
Rare Items
2-1 I've Found A New Baby
2-2 Mortgage Stomp
2-3 Don't Be That Way
2-4 Blues With Helen
2-5 Song Of The Wanderer
2-6 Allez Oop
2-7 Ad-Lib Blues
2-8 I Never Knew
2-9 Charlie's Dream
2-10 Wholly Cats
2-11 Lester's Dream
2-12 Blitzkrieg Baby
2-13 Beautiful Eyes
2-14 There'll Be Some Changes Made
2-15 It's Sad But True
2-16 The Goon Drag
2-17 Things 'Bout Coming My Way
2-18 Lead Me Daddy Straight To The Bar
2-19 Just Jivin' Around
2-20 Please Let Me Forget
2-21 (I Love Him Though) He Don't Love Me Any More
2-22 Pleasin' Man Blues (Stop Jivin' Around)
2-23 See See Rider
2-24 It's Better To Give Than To Receive
Alternative Takes
3-1 Shoe Shine Boy
3-2 I've Found A New Baby
3-3 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
3-4 Countless Blues
3-5 Them There Eyes
3-6 I Want A Little Girl
3-7 Pagin The Devil
3-8 Exactly Like You
3-9 Dickie's Dream
3-10 Dickie's Dream
3-11 Dickie's Dream
3-12 Lester Leaps In
3-13 I'm Fer It Too
3-14 Hello Bebe
3-15 Just You Just Me
3-16 I Never Knew
3-17 Afternoon Of A Basie-Ite
3-18 Sometimes I'm Happy
3-19 After Theatre Jump
3-20 Six Cats And A Prince
3-21 Six Cats And A Prince
3-22 Destination KC

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Blue Moon/Caney
  • Copyright (c) – Foreign Media Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 029365 868921