Lester Young
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1909-08-27
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Biography

Together with Coleman Hawkins, Young was one of the most influential saxophonists of the swing era. His light, airy sound, and the melodic grace of his improvisations were in direct contrast to Hawkins's gruffer, more harmonically-based approach. Young's velvety tone ...

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Biography

Together with Coleman Hawkins, Young was one of the most influential saxophonists of the swing era. His light, airy sound, and the melodic grace of his improvisations were in direct contrast to Hawkins's gruffer, more harmonically-based approach. Young's velvety tone and rapid articulation were major influences on the bebop generation of saxophonists that followed, notably Charlie Parker.

Young had grown up close to New Orleans, before going on the road with his father's family band. As well as this practical musical apprenticeship - Young tried several instruments before deciding on saxophone - he absorbed the styles of Jimmy Dorsey and Frankie Trumbauer from records. In the early 1930s he played in various territory bands, and settled in Kansas City in 1933.

The following year he first played with Count Basie, whom he rejoined in 1936 as a founder-member of the first great Basie band. Part of the band's style was built around the contrasting tenor styles of Young and Herschel Evans (who emulated Hawkins), and Young quickly established himself as one of the group's key soloists. He also played some beautiful, limpid clarinet solos with Basie's small group, the Kansas City Five.

During this time he also played on several of Billie Holiday's recordings with Teddy Wilson, committing to disc his very special musical relationship with the singer in which his phrasing created a delicate counterpoint to her vocals. He left Basie to lead his own groups from 1940-43, but returned to the band until his disastrous induction to the military in 1944.

After several nightmarish months - most of which were spent in detention - he was returned to civilian life, and began working as a freelance and occasional bandleader. His most high profile work during his last decade was with Jazz at the Philharmonic, playing in tenor 'battles' with other soloists including Hawkins. His final years were bedevilled by alcoholism, but he nevertheless produced some outstanding and heartfelt recordings, including a first-rate reunion with Wilson for the Verve label.



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Lester Young & Oscar Peterson
(Back Home Again In) Indiana
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(Back Home Again In) Indiana (Back Home Again In) Indiana (Back Home Again In) Indiana (Back Home Again In) Indiana
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These Foolish Things
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These Foolish Things These Foolish Things These Foolish Things These Foolish Things
Benny Goodman, Buck Clayton, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Count Basie, Walter Page, Lester Young & Charlie Christian
Lester’s Dream
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Lester’s Dream Lester’s Dream Lester’s Dream Lester’s Dream
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Big Eyes Blues
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Big Eyes Blues Big Eyes Blues Big Eyes Blues Big Eyes Blues
Buck Clayton, Freddie Green, Jo Jones, Walter Page, Billie Holiday and Her Orchestra, Lester Young, Jimmy Sherman & Billie Holiday
A Sailboat In The Moonlight
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A Sailboat In The Moonlight A Sailboat In The Moonlight A Sailboat In The Moonlight A Sailboat In The Moonlight
Billie Holiday & Billie Holiday
Me Myself And I
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Me Myself And I Me Myself And I Me Myself And I Me Myself And I
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Pennies From Heaven
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Pennies From Heaven Pennies From Heaven Pennies From Heaven Pennies From Heaven
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(It Takes) Two To Tango
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(It Takes) Two To Tango (It Takes) Two To Tango (It Takes) Two To Tango (It Takes) Two To Tango
Gene Ramey, Vic Dickenson, Teddy Wilson, Lester Young, Lester Young, Roy Eldridge & Jo Jones
I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
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I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
Dicky Wells and His Orchestra, Lester Young, Ellis Larkins & BILL COLEMAN
Hello Babe
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Hello Babe Hello Babe Hello Babe Hello Babe
Kansas City Six, Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (feat. Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones)
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Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (feat. Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones) Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (feat. Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones) Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (feat. Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones) Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (feat. Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones)

Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (feat. Lester Young, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Freddie Green, Walter Page & Jo Jones)

Dodo Marmoroso, Red Callendar, Lester Young, Lester Young, Lester Young & Henry Tucker
These Foolish Things
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These Foolish Things These Foolish Things These Foolish Things These Foolish Things

These Foolish Things

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Dodo Marmoroso
Red Callendar
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Henry Tucker
Composer
Lester Young
Roy Eldridge, Lester Young, Vic Dickenson & Teddy Wilson
This Year's Kisses (feat. Teddy Wilson, Lester Young & Vic Dickenson)
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This Year's Kisses (feat. Teddy Wilson, Lester Young & Vic Dickenson) This Year's Kisses (feat. Teddy Wilson, Lester Young & Vic Dickenson) This Year's Kisses (feat. Teddy Wilson, Lester Young & Vic Dickenson) This Year's Kisses (feat. Teddy Wilson, Lester Young & Vic Dickenson)
Lester Young, Brandon Allen, James Pearson & Sam Burgess
Lester Leaps In
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Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In
Carl Smith, t; Lester Young, ts; Count Basie, p; Walter Page, p; Jo Jones, d. 9 Oct 1936 & Lester Young
Lady Be Good
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Lady Be Good Lady Be Good Lady Be Good Lady Be Good

Lady Be Good

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Carl Smith, t; Lester Young, ts; Count Basie, p; Walter Page, p; Jo Jones, d. 9 Oct 1936 & Lester Young
Freddie Green, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Jimmy Sherman & Buck Clayton
Me, Myself and I
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Me, Myself and I Me, Myself and I Me, Myself and I Me, Myself and I
Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
This Year's Kisses
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This Year's Kisses This Year's Kisses This Year's Kisses This Year's Kisses
Lester Young, ts; Roy Eldridge, t; Vic Dickenson, tb; Teddy Wilson, p; Gene Ramey, b; Jo Jones, d. 12 Jan 1956. & Lester Young
I Didn't Know What Time It Was
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I Didn't Know What Time It Was I Didn't Know What Time It Was I Didn't Know What Time It Was I Didn't Know What Time It Was

I Didn't Know What Time It Was

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Lester Young, ts; Roy Eldridge, t; Vic Dickenson, tb; Teddy Wilson, p; Gene Ramey, b; Jo Jones, d. 12 Jan 1956. & Lester Young
Harry Edison, t; Dicky Wells, tb; Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; John Simmons, b; Jo Jones, d. 1944 & Lester Young
Jammin’ the Blues
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Jammin’ the Blues Jammin’ the Blues Jammin’ the Blues Jammin’ the Blues

Jammin’ the Blues

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Harry Edison, t; Dicky Wells, tb; Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; John Simmons, b; Jo Jones, d. 1944 & Lester Young
Harry Edison, t; Lester Young, ts; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callender, b; Sidney Catlett, d; Marie Bryant, v. 1944 & Lester Young
On The Sunny Side of the Street
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On The Sunny Side of the Street On The Sunny Side of the Street On The Sunny Side of the Street On The Sunny Side of the Street

On The Sunny Side of the Street

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Harry Edison, t; Lester Young, ts; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callender, b; Sidney Catlett, d; Marie Bryant, v. 1944 & Lester Young
Harry Edison, t; Lester Young, ts; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callender, b; Sidney Catlett, d. 1944 & Lester Young
Midnight Symphony
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Midnight Symphony Midnight Symphony Midnight Symphony Midnight Symphony

Midnight Symphony

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Harry Edison, t; Lester Young, ts; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callender, b; Sidney Catlett, d. 1944 & Lester Young
Lester Young, ts; Harry Sweets Edison, t; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callendar, b; Sid Catlett, d. 1944 & Lester Young
Midnight Symphony
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Midnight Symphony Midnight Symphony Midnight Symphony Midnight Symphony

Midnight Symphony

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Lester Young, ts; Harry Sweets Edison, t; Marlowe Morris, p; Barney Kessel, g; Red Callendar, b; Sid Catlett, d. 1944 & Lester Young
Lester Young
Sometimes I'm Happy
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Sometimes I'm Happy Sometimes I'm Happy Sometimes I'm Happy Sometimes I'm Happy
Billie Holiday & Lester Young
Me, Myself & I
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Me, Myself & I Me, Myself & I Me, Myself & I Me, Myself & I
Lester Young & Barney Kessel
Can't Get Started
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Can't Get Started Can't Get Started Can't Get Started Can't Get Started
Lester Young & Harry Edison
That's All
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That's All That's All That's All That's All
Lester Young & Barney Kessel
I Can't Get Started
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I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started
Lester Young, Lester Young & Lester Young and His Band
D.B.Blues
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D.B.Blues D.B.Blues D.B.Blues D.B.Blues
Dicky Wells and His Orchestra & Lester Young
I Got Rhythm
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I Got Rhythm I Got Rhythm I Got Rhythm I Got Rhythm
Count Basie and The Kansas City Seven
Lester Leaps In
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Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In
Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
When You're Smiling
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When You're Smiling When You're Smiling When You're Smiling When You're Smiling
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All of Me
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All of Me All of Me All of Me All of Me
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This Year's Kisses
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This Year's Kisses This Year's Kisses This Year's Kisses This Year's Kisses
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Ad-lib Blues
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Ad-lib Blues Ad-lib Blues Ad-lib Blues Ad-lib Blues
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Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
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Jumpin' with Symphony Sid Jumpin' with Symphony Sid Jumpin' with Symphony Sid Jumpin' with Symphony Sid
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I Want to be Happy
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I Want to be Happy I Want to be Happy I Want to be Happy I Want to be Happy
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D.B. Blues
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D.B. Blues D.B. Blues D.B. Blues D.B. Blues
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Ghost of a Chance
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Ghost of a Chance Ghost of a Chance Ghost of a Chance Ghost of a Chance
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I Got Rhythm
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I Got Rhythm I Got Rhythm I Got Rhythm I Got Rhythm
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Three Little Words
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Three Little Words Three Little Words Three Little Words Three Little Words
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Lester Leaps In
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Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In Lester Leaps In
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When You're Smiling
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When You're Smiling When You're Smiling When You're Smiling When You're Smiling
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Gigantic Blues
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Gigantic Blues Gigantic Blues Gigantic Blues Gigantic Blues
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Cherokee Pts 1 & 2
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Cherokee Pts 1 & 2 Cherokee Pts 1 & 2 Cherokee Pts 1 & 2 Cherokee Pts 1 & 2
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Taxi War Dance
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Taxi War Dance Taxi War Dance Taxi War Dance Taxi War Dance
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Shoe Shine Boy
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Shoe Shine Boy Shoe Shine Boy Shoe Shine Boy Shoe Shine Boy
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I Didn't Know What Time it Was
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I Didn't Know What Time it Was I Didn't Know What Time it Was I Didn't Know What Time it Was I Didn't Know What Time it Was
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