Lester Young

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Arguably one of the most important pre-bop tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, Pres' influence spans well beyond Quinichette and Bird.
Available material covers approximately two decades, from the early 40's till his death in 1959, most of it being part of either Savoy or Verve catalogs.

Annotation last modified on 2006-06-08 23:19 UTC.

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Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional 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".

Known for his hip, introverted style, he invented or popularized much of the hipster jargon which came to be associated with the music.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Pres and Sweets Lester Young & Harry "Sweets" Edison 1
1956 Blue Lester Lester Young 2
1980 The Savoy Recordings Lester Young 2
1998 Ultimate Lester Young Lester Young 1
2000 Laughin' to Keep From Cryin' Lester Young, Roy Eldridge & Harry Edison 1
2001 Easy does it Lester Young 1
2002 The Complete Savoy Recordings Lester Young 1
2002 Jazz in Paris: Le dernier message de Lester Young Lester Young 1
2003 Timeless Lester Young Lester Young 1
2007 Live at Birdland Lester Young 1
Lester Young Lester Young 1
Lester Young Trio Lester Young 1
pres and sweets Lester Young & Harry "Sweets" Edison 1
The Complete JATP Performances Charlie Parker & Lester Young 5 1
The Complete JATP Performances, Volume 2 Charlie Parker & Lester Young 5 1
The Complete Lester Young Lester Young 1
The Jazz Giants Lester Young 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1951 The President, Volume 2 Lester Young 1
1964 Classic Tenors Coleman Hawkins & Lester Young 1
1976 Pres/The Complete Savoy Recordings Lester Young 1
1988 Giants of the Tenor Sax Lester Young 1
1991 A Lester Young Story Lester Young 1
1992 Compact Jazz: Lester Young & the Piano Giants Lester Young 1
1992 Lady Day & Pres 1937-1941 Billie Holiday & Lester Young 2
1993 The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions, Volume 2: 1942-1944 Lester Young 1
1993 The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions, Volume 3: 1944-1946 Lester Young 1
1993 The Complete 1936-1951 Small Group Sessions, Volume 4: 1946-1949 Lester Young 1
1994 Billie Holliday With Lester Young: Lady Day & Prez 1937-1941 Billie Holiday & Lester Young 1
1994 The Man I Love: 1937-1939 Billie Holiday & Lester Young 1
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 30 Lester Young 1
1994 Storyville Masters of Jazz, Volume 7: Lester Young Lester Young 1
1995 The Complete Aladdin Recordings of Lester Young Lester Young 1
1995 The Quintessence, Volume 1: Chicago - New York - Los Angeles 1936-1944 Lester Young 1
1996 Jazz Greats, Volume 18: Lester Young: Linger Awhile Lester Young 1
1997 Jazz Gallery: Lester Young, Volume I Lester Young 1
1997 Jazz Gallery: Lester Young, Volume II Lester Young 1
1997 The "Kansas City" Sessions Lester Young 1
1997 The Chronological Classics: Lester Young 1943-1946 Lester Young 1
1998 Complete Billie Holiday Lester Young 1937-1946 Billie Holiday & Lester Young 1
1998 Essential: Masters of Jazz Lester Young 1
1998 The Chronological Classics: Lester Young 1946-1947 Lester Young 1
1999 Lester Swings Lester Young 1
1999 The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve Lester Young 1
1999 Complete Savoy Masters Lester Young 1
1999 Lester Young: Exercise in Swing Lester Young 1
2000 The Complete Aladdin Sessions Lester Young 1
2000 The Lester Young Story Lester Young 1
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: Definitive Lester Young Lester Young 1
2000 The Best of Lester Young Lester Young 1
2000 Midnite Jazz & Blues: One O'Clock Jump Lester Young 1

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