Lester Young Complete Aladdin Session (2-CD)

Complete Aladdin Session (2-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: September 26, 1994
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Blue Note Records

Entertainment Reviews:

JazzTimes - 4/96, p.78
"Even more than its improved sound quality, what is most commendable about this set of long-awaited reissues is the addition of an earlier session never before grouped with the 1945-47 Philo/Aladdins..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Indiana
  • 2.I Can't Get Started
  • 3.Tea For Two
  • 4.Body And Soul
  • 5.D.B. Blues
  • 6.Lester Blows Again
  • 7.These Foolish Things
  • 8.Jumpin' At Mesner's
  • 9.It's Only A Paper Moon
  • 10.After You've Gone
  • 11.Lover Come Back To Me
  • 12.Jammin' With Lester
  • 13.You're Driving Me Crazy
  • 14.New Lester Leaps In
  • 15.Lester's Be Bop Boogie
  • 16.She's Funny That Way
  • 17.Sunday
  • 18.S.M. Blues

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
  • 2.No Eyes Blues
  • 3.Sax-O-Be-Bop
  • 4.On The Sunny Side Of The Street
  • 5.Easy Does It
  • 6.Easy Does It
  • 7.Movin' With Lester
  • 8.One O'Clock Jump
  • 9.Jumpin' At The Woodside
  • 10.I'm Confessin'
  • 11.Lester Smooths It Out
  • 12.Just Cooling
  • 13.Tea For Two
  • 14.East Of The Sun
  • 15.The Sheik Of Araby
  • 16.Something To Remember You By
  • 17.Riffin' Without Helen
  • 18.Please Let Me Forget
  • 19.He Don't Love Me Anymore
  • 20.Pleasing Man Blues
  • 21.See See Rider
  • 22.It's Better To Give Than Receive

Product Description:

Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Helen Humes (vocals); Willie Smith (alto saxophone); Maxwell Davis (tenor saxophone); Howard McGhee, Shorty McConnell (trumpet); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Dodo Marmarosa, Nat Cole, Wesley Jones, Joe Albany, Argonne "Sadik Hakim" Thornton, Gene DiNovi, Jimmy Bunn (piano); Irving Ashby, Fred Lacey, Nasir Barakaat, Chuck Wayne, Dave Barbour (guitar); Red Callender, Curtis Counce, Rodney Richardson, Ted Briscoe, Curly Russell, Junior Rudd (bass); Henry Tucker, Johnny Otis, Chico Hamilton, Lyndell Marshall, Roy Haynes, Tiny Kahn (drums).
Producers: Norman Granz, Leonard Feather.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York between July 15, 1942 and December 29, 1947. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
Personnel: Lester Young (tenor saxophone); Helen Humes (vocals); Chuck Wayne, Dave Barbour, Fred Lacey, Nasir Barakaat, Irving Ashby (guitar); Willie Smith (alto saxophone); Maxwell Davis (tenor saxophone); Shorty McConnell, Howard McGhee, Snooky Young (trumpet); Vic Dickenson (trombone); Dodo Marmarosa, Gene DiNovi, Wesley Jones, Argonne Thornton, Jimmy Bunn, Joe Albany, Nat King Cole (piano); Chico Hamilton, Henry Tucker, Lyndell Marshall, Johnny Otis, Roy Haynes, Tiny Kahn (drums).
Liner Note Author: Leonard Feather.
Recording information: Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA; WOR STudios, New York, NY.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Roy Hayens; Howard McGhee; Irving Ashby; Joe Albany; Nat King Cole; Red Callender; Roy Haynes; Willie Smith.
Although it has often been written that cool-toned tenor saxophonist Lester Young's experiences with racism in the military during 1944-1945 so scarred him that he never played at the same musical level as he had previously, the music on this essential two-CD reissue disproves that theory. It is true that his attitude toward life was affected and Young became somewhat self-destructive, but his postwar solos rank with the greatest work of his career. This two-fer, which has four selections from 1942 in which Young is heard in a trio with pianist Nat King Cole and bassist Red Callender and a rare 1945 session headed by singer Helen Humes (including a previously unknown instrumental "Riffin' Without Helen"), is mostly taken up with Young's very enjoyable 1945-1948 small-group dates. Highlights include "D.B. Blues," "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" (which was a minor hit), "Sunday," and "New Lester Leaps In," among many others. Minor errors aside (trumpeter Snooky Young is left out of the personnel listing for the Humes date and Young's final Aladdin session is from 1948, not 1947), this is a well-conceived and brilliant set filled with exciting performances by one of the true greats of jazz. ~ Scott Yanow
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