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Lester Swings (Verve)


Download links and information about Lester Swings (Verve) by Lester Young. This album was released in 1999 and it belongs to Jazz genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 01:04:50 minutes.

Artist: Lester Young
Release date: 1999
Genre: Jazz
Tracks: 13
Duration: 01:04:50
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No. Title Length
1. Ad Lib Blues (featuring The Oscar Peterson Trio) 5:53
2. I Cover the Waterfront (Master Take) (featuring Nat *) 3:51
3. Lester Swings 2:33
4. Undercover Girl Blues 2:44
5. It's the Talk of the Town (Master Take With False Start) (featuring Oscar Peterson, Harry Edison, Buck Clayton) 5:45
6. This Year's Kisses 6:44
7. Up 'n' Adam 3:51
8. They Can't Take That Away from Me 6:00
9. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 4:32
10. Love Is Here to Stay (1957 Version) (featuring Oscar Peterson) 5:53
11. Waldorf Blues (Master Take) 8:18
12. All of Me 5:08
13. Polka Dots and Moonbeams 3:38



In selecting a little over an hour's worth of excerpts from the eight-CD box set The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve for this highlights disc, the compilers have resisted the urge to stick with only a collection of Young's more accomplished early works and included a few examples of his deteriorated, but still moving, later work. They have hedged their bets somewhat, however, by not sequencing things chronologically, so that the album closes with a 1949 recording of the pop song "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" rather than, say, "Waldorf Blues" from 1958. Early or late, Young's playing is readily identifiable, if only for the chances it takes, whether on the up-tempo "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" or the strikingly excessive introductory blowing on the opening phrases of "Love Is Here to Stay." Young's associates on the tracks constitute a who's who of his contemporaries, including Ray Brown, Nat "King" Cole, Hary "Sweets" Edison, Roy Eldridge, Herb Ellis, Hank Jones, Jo Jones, Connie Kay, John Lewis, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, and Teddy Wilson. While it takes more than an hour to get a full sense of Young's work on Verve (hence the box set), this is an intelligently constructed sampler.