YOUNG Lester

YOUNG LESTER, WILLIS. (ST).

Woodville, Mississipi. 27/8/1909. – New York. 15/31959.

Cresciuto con tre fratelli vicino New Orleans, ha ricevuto lezioni di musica dal padre Willy Handy Young e ha fatto parte dell’orchestrina di famiglia. Nel 1919 con la separazione dei genitori i figli hanno vissuto con il padre e lavorato con lui negli show a Minneapolis, dove Lester ha studiato vari strumenti, violino, tromba e batteria per poi passare al sax alto a tredici anni. Nel 1927 ha debuttato con il gruppo dei Bostonians di Art Bronson ed è con loro che è passato a suonare definitivamente il sax tenore. Dopo un breve ritorno nel gruppo di famiglia, è stato ingaggiato nel 1930 dagli “Original Blue Devil” diretti da Walter Page. E’ seguito un periodo nel quale ha cambiato spesso complessi; ha suonato con Benny Moten e King Oliver, nel 1934 va con Fletcher Henderson poi con Andy Kirk nel 1935 ed infine si trasferisce a New York al seguito di Count Basie con il quale ha suonato per quattro anni. E’ stato con Benny Goodman alla Carnegie Hall nel famoso concerto del 1938 e verso la fine degli anni ’30 l’incontro con Billy Holiday, da cui nasce un connubio perfetto, i due hanno avuto musicalmente e sentimentalmente una intesa perfetta. In seguito ha suonato con Andy Kirk e Boyd Atkins, ha lavorato con un suo gruppo tra New York e California. Ha collaborato con Dizzy Gillespie in un locale della 52a strada, è stato con l’orchestra di Al Sears. Nel 1944 con il richiamo alle armi è iniziato per Young un periodo difficile che è culminato con un processo e la carcerazione. Questa per lui è stata un’esperienza traumatica, non sarà più la stessa persona, si chiude in se stesso ed accentua l’uso di droga e alcoolici , ai quali era già dedito sin dal 1940. Si accentua il senso di rassegnazione, che in seguito è diventata disperazione. La sua solitudine diventa ancora più emotiva, ma le sue migliori incisioni sono registrate proprio in questo periodo, insieme a Teddy Wilson nel 1956. Negli ultimi anni i problemi di salute si aggravano e deve spesso ricorrere alle cure mediche. Dopo aver portato a termine un ingaggio al Blue Note di Parigi, ritorna a New York dove ha trovato la morte in una misera stanza di albergo, solo in compagnia di una bottiglia di gin, siamo nel 1959. Egli ha influenzato intere generazioni di musicisti, è stato l’iniziatore del nuovo verbo moderno, sia i boppers che i coolster hanno attinto a piene mani dalla sua arte, senza che nessuno riuscisse a superare la genialità del maestro e tutto ciò non gli è stato riconosciuto che a posteriori. Il suo suono delicato, il suo fraseggio semplice ma originale dal ritmo molto scorrevole resterà inimitato. Gli amici lo chiamavano “Prez” il Presidente, appellativo impostogli da Billy Holiday.

Composizioni:

Ad lip blues – Afternoon of a Basie ite – Another mambo – Back to the land – Big top blues – Blue Lester – Blues – D. B. Blues – Down adams – G’s if you please – Jump Lester jump – Jumpin with synphony sid – Kiss me again – Lester Leaps In – Lester swings – Neenah – New D. B. Blues – ete’s café – Pres returns – Red boys blues – Slow Motion Blues – Tickle Toe – Up’n adam.

Discografia.

Carl Smith (tp) Lester Young (st) Count Basie (p) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr) Jimmy Rushing (vc).

Shoe Shine Boy / Shoe Shine Boy / Boogie Woogie/ Lady Be Good / Evenin’

Chicago, 9-10-36.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (cl-st) Eddie Durham (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Laughing At Life / Good Mornin’Blues / I Know That You Know / Love Me Or Leave Me.

New York, 16-3-38.

Lester Young Vol. 1 – Jazz Gallery.

Buck Clayton (tp) Eddie Durham, Dan Minor (tb) Lester Young (st) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Way Down Yonder In New Orleans / I Want A Little Girl.

(RCA 2114171-2). New York, 8-9-38.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (cl-st) Eddie Durham, Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (2 vers) / Countless Blues (2 vers) / I Want A Little Girl (2 vers) / Pagin’The Devil (2 vers) / Them There Eyes (2 vers) .

(Mainstream 56002-56012). New York, 28-9-38.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (st) Eddie Heywood (p) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr) Jerry Kruger (vc).

Rain Rain Go Away / Summertime.

(CBS 65384). New York, 25-4-39.

Lee Castle (tp) Lester Young (st) Glenn Hardman (org) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Exactly Like You / Who / China Boy / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Jazz Me Blues / Upright Organ Blues.

(CBS 65384). Chicago, 26-6-39.

Lester Young – Small Group.

Buck Clayton (tp) Dickie Wells (tb) Lester Young (st) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Dickie’s Dream / Dickie’s Dream / Dickie’s Dream / Lester Leaps In / Lester Leaps In / Lester Leaps In.

(CBS 65384-Epic LN 3107). New York, 5-9-39.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (st) Charlie Christian, Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Way Down Yonder In New Orleans / Good Morning Blues / Pagin’The Devil.

Buck Clayton (tp) Dickie Wells (tb) Lester Young (st) James P. Johnson (p) Freddie Green (g) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr) Ida Cox (vc).

For Day Greep.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (st) Count Basie (p) Walter Page (b) Jo Jones (dr) Helen Humes (vc).

Blues With Helen / Mortage Stomp / Don’t Be That Way / Charles Dream / Lester’s Dream.

Jam Session alla quale prendono parte il sestetto di Benny Goodman e dell’orchestra di Count Basie e del Boogie Woogie Trio. Intervengono in assoli : Lester Young, Count Basie, Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, Fletxcher Henderson (p) Charlie Christian (g) Harry Edison (tp) Walter Page, Arthur Bernstein (b) Lionel Hampton, Nick Fatool, Jo Jones.

Lady Be Good.

(Vanguard VRS 8524). Carnegie Hall, New York, 23-24 Dicembre 1939.

Shad Collins (tp) Lester Young (st) Clyde Hart (p) John Collins (g) Nick Fenton (b) Harold Doc West (dr) Una Mae Carlise (vc).

Beautiful Eyes / There’ll Be Some Changes Made / Blitzkrieg Baby / It’s Sad But True.

(Bluebird 11096-11120). New York, 10-3-41.

Shad Collins, Bill Johnson (tp) Donald Stowall (cl-sa) Lester Young (st) Sammy Price (p) Duke Jones (b) Harold Doc West (dr) Jack Taylor (vc).

Just Jivin’Around / Things About Comin’My Way / Lead Me Daddy Straight / The Goon Drag.

(Decca 8557-8649). New York, 3-4-41.

Lester Young (st) Nat Cole (p) Red Callender (b).

Indiana / I Can’t Get Started / Tea For Two / Body And Soul.

(Alladin AL 506-507). Los Angeles, 15-7-42.

Classics Tenors: Young-Hawkins.

Bill Coleman (tp) Dickie Wells (tb) Freddie Green (g) Lester Young (st) Al Hall (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Hello babe / Linger Awhile / I Got Rhythm / I’m Feer It Too.

(RCA FD 10146). New York, 21-12-43.

Lester Young Quartet.

Lester Young (st) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Slam Stewart (b) Big Sid Catlett (dr).

Just You Just Me (2 takes) / I Never Knew (2 takes) / Afternoon Of A Basie-Ite (2 takes) / Sometimes I’m Happy (2 takes).

(Emarcy MG 26010). New York, 28-12-43.

Lester Young And His Kansas City Six.

Bill Coleman (tp) Lester Young (st) Dickie Wells (tb) Joe Buskin (p) John Simmons (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Thre Little Words / Four O’Clock Drag / Jo Go / I Got Rhythm.

(Sonet SPX 2007). New York, 18-3-44.

Ultimate Lester Young.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (st) Dicky Wells (tb) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Rodney Richardson (b) Jo Jones (dr)

Lester Leaps Again / After Theatre Jump / Six Cats And A Prince / Destination K. C. .

(Verve 539772). New York, 22-3-44.

Prez And Friends : The Kansas City Six With Lester Young.

Bill Coleman (tp) Lester Young (st) Dicky Wells (tb) Joe Bushkin (p) John Simmons (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Three Little Words (2 vers) / Jo-Jo (4 vers) / I Got Rhythm (vers 3) / For O’Clock Drag (vers 3).

(London 6. 24292 AG). New York, 28-3-44.

Blue Lester.

Lester Young (st) Billy Butterfield (tp) Hank D’Amico (cl) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Dexter Hall (g) Billy Taylor (b) Cozy Cole (dr).

These Foolish Things / Exercise In Swing (2 vers) / Salute To Fats (2 vers) / Basie English (2 vers).

(Savoy MG 12068-12071). New York, 18-4-44.

Harry Edison, Al Killiam, Joe Newman, Ed Lewis (tp) Dickie Wells, Eli Robinson, Ted Donelly, Lou Taylor (tb) Earl Warren, Jimmy Powell (sa) Buddy Tate, Lester Young (st) Rudy Rutherford (sb) Clyde Hart (p) Freddie Green (g) Rodney Richardson (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Empty Hearted / Tush / Circus In Rhythm / Poor Little Plaything.

(Savoy 507-509). New York, 18-4-44.

Lester Young With The Count Basie Quartet.

Lester Young (st) Count Basie (p) Freddie Green (g) Rodney Richardson (b) Shadow Wilson (dr).

I Don’t Stand A Ghost Of A Change (2 vers) / Indiana (2 vers) / Blue Lester / Jump Lester Jump.

(Savoy 12068-12071). New York, 1-5-44.

Harry Edison (tp) Lester Young (st) Marlowe Edison (p) Barney Kessel (g) Red Callender (b) Big Sid Catlett (dr).

The Midnight Synphony / On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

Harry Edison (tp) Lester Young (st) Marlowe Edison (p) Barney Kessel (g) JohnnSimmons (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Jammin’The Blues.

(Palm 451). Los Angeles, 13-9-44.

The Alladin Sessions.

Vic Dickenson (tb) Lester Young (st) Dodo Marmarosa (p) Freddie Green (g) Red Callender (b) Tucker Green (dr).

D. B. Blues / Lester Blows Again / Jumpin’At Messenr’s / These Foolish Things.

(Aladin LP 801). Los Angeles, 10-10-45.

Lester Young (st) Nat King Cole Trio.

Lester Leaps In.

(V-Disc 764). Los Angeles, 7-11-45.

Giants 3.

Lester Young (st) Nat King Cole (p) Buddy Rich (dr).

Somebody Loves Me / I Cover To Waterfront (alt. take) / I Cover To Waterfront / I Want To Be Happy / I Found A New Baby / Back To The Land / The Man I Love / Mean To me / Peg O’My Heart.

(Verve VSP 25-30). Los Angeles, 20-12-45.

Vic Dichenson (tb) Lester Young (st) Dodo Marmarosa (P) Freddie Green (g) Red Callender (b) Henry Tuker Green (dr).

D. B. Blues / Lester Blows Again / Jumpin’At Mmesner’s / These FoolIsh Things.

Los Angeles, 20-12-45.

The Alladin Sessions.

Snooky Young (tp) Willie Smith (sa) Max Davis, Lester Young (st) Jimmy Bunn (p) Dave Barbour (g) John Rudd (b) Henry Tucker (dr) Helen Humes (vc).

Riffin’Without Helen / Please Let Me Forget / See See Rider / It’s Better To Give Than Receive / Plasin’Man Blues / He Don’t Love Me Anymore.

(Aladin 125-126). Los Angeles, 22-12-45.

The Alladin Sessions.

Howard McGhee (tp) Lester Young (st) Willie Smith (sa) Vic Dickenson (tb) Wesley Jones (p) Curtis Counce (b) Johnny Otis (dr).

It’s Only A Paper Moon / Lover Come Back To Me / Jammin’ With Lester.

Lester Young (st) Willie Smith (sa) Wesley Jones (p) Curtis Counce (b) Johnny Otis (dr).

After You’ve Gone.

(Aladin LP 801). Los Angeles, gennaio 1946.

Lester Young At JATP.

Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Lester Young, Charlie Ventura (st) Willie Smith (sa) Mel Powell (p) Billy Hadnott (b) Lee Young (dr).

The Man I Love/ Crazy Rhythm.

Stesso gruppo più Al Killian (tp) e Charlie Parker (sa).

Sweet Georgia Brown.

(Verve JATP vol. 2-5). Los Angeles, 29-1-46.

Al Killian, Howard McGhee (tp) Charlie Parker, Willie Smith (sa) Lester Young (st) Arnold Ross (p) Billy Hadnott (dr).

After You’ve Gone / Lady Be Good / I Can’t Get Started / Blues Norman.

(Verve JATP vol. 1-2). Philarmonic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 30-1-46.

Lester Swing.

Lester Young (st) Nat King Cole (p) Buddy Rich (dr).

Back To The Land / I Cover The Waterfront / I’ve Found A New Baby / The Man I Love / Someday Loves Me / I Want To Be Happy / Mean To Me / Peg O’My Heart.

(Verve 539 772). Los Angeles, primavera, 1946.

Lester Young (st) Nat King Cole (p) Oscar Moore (g) Johnny Miller (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

These Foolish Things / Lester Leaps In.

Lester Young (st) Kenny Kersey (p) Billy Hadnott (b) Shadow Wilson (dr).

D. B. Blues.

Los Angeles, Marzo-Aprile 1946.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins (st) Charlie Parker, Willie Smith (sa) Kenny Kersey (p) Irving Ashby (g) Billy Hadnott (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

JATP Blues / I Got Rhythm.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins (st) Kenny Kersey (p) Billy Hadnott (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

Slow Drag/ I Surrender Dear.

(Verve SVSP 57. 020-JATP Vol. 4). Embassy Theatre, Los Angeles, 22-4-46.

The Alladin Sessions.

Lester Young (st) Joe Albany (p) Irving Ashby (g) Red Callender (b) Chico Hamilton (dr).

You’re Driving Me Crazy / New Lester Leaps In / Lester’s Be Bop Boogie / She’s Funny That Way.

(Aladin LP. 801). Hollywood, 6-8-46.

The Alladin Sessions.

Lester Young (st) Shorty McConnell (tp) Argonne Thornton (Sadik Hakim) (p) Fred Lacey (g) Rodney Richardson (b) Lyndell Marshall (dr).

Sunday / S. M. Blues / Sax-O-Re Rebop / Jumpin’With Symphony Side / No Eyes Blues / On The Sunny Side Of The Street.

(Alladin LP 802). Chicago, Ottobre 1946.

The Alladin Sessions.

Lester Young (st) Shorty McConnell (tp) Argonne Thornton (Sadik Hakim) (p) Fred Lacey (g) Ted Briscoe (b) Roy Haynes (dr).

Easy Does / Easy Does (alt-take) / Movin’With Lester / One O’Clock Jump / Jumpin’At The Woodside.

Los Angeles, 18-2-47.

Lester Smooths It Out / Just Colling / I’m Confessin’.

(Blue Note 456-H2). Los Angeles, 2-4-47.

Vic Diskenson (tb) Lester Young (st) Doddo Marmarosa (p) Freddie Green (g) Red Callender (b) Henry Tucker (dr).

These Foolish Things.

Lester Young (st) Joe Albany (p) Irvin Hashby (g) Red Callender (b) Forrest Hamilton (dr).

You’re Driving My Crazy / Lester’s Bebop Boogie.

Maurice McDonnel (tp) Lester Young (st) Argonne Thornton (p) Freddie Lacey (g) Rodney Richardson (b) Lyndell Marshall (dr).

Confessin’ / Jumpin’Whit Synphony Sid.

(Celson). Hollywood, 1947.

The Alladin Sessions.

Lester Young (st) Gene De Novi (p) Chuck Wayne (g) Curley Russell (b) Tiny Kahn (dr).

Tea For Two / East Of The Sun / The Sheik Of Araby / Something To remember You By.

(Blue Note CDP 7243 8 32787). New York, 29-12-47.

Lester Young (st) Shorty McConnell (tp) Argonne Thornton (Sadik Hakim) (p) Fred Lacey (g) Tex Briscoe (b) Roy Haynes (dr).

One O’Clock Jump / Jumpin’At The Woodside / Lester Smooths It Out / Movin’With Lester / Just Coolin’ / Easy Does It / Confessin’

(Aladin 200-3257-30-57-212). New York, 28 e 30-12-47.

Lester Young (st) Hank D’Amico (cl) Billy Butterfield (tp) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Billy Taylor (b) Cozy Cole (dr).

These Foolish Things/ Exercise In Swing/ Salute To Fats/ Crazy Over Jazz.

New York, Aprile 1948.

Lester Young (st) Jesse Drakes (tp) Ted Kelly (tb) Freddy Jefferson (p) Ted Briscoe (b) Roy Haynes (dr).

Royal Roost, New York, 4-11-48.

Lester Leaps Inn / I Don’t Stand A Ghost A Change / Just You Just Me/ Sweet Georgia Brown / I’m Confessin’That I Love You / Cover The Waterfront.

Royal Roost, New York, 27-11-48.

Lester Young (st) Jesse Drakes (tp) Ted Kelly (tb) Freddy Jefferson (p) Ted Briscoe (b) Roy Haynes (dr).

Be Bop Boogie / I Caver The Waterfront / How Hig The Moon / Sunday.

(Charlie Parker PLP 409). Radiotrasmissioni, Royal Roost, New York, 4-12-48.

Lester Young (st) Gene Di Novi (p) Chuck Wayne (g) Curley Russell (b) Tiny Kahn (dr).

Tea For Two / East Of The Sun / The Sheik Of Araby / Something To Remember.

(Vogue LAE 30006-Aladin 3016-3057). New York, 12-2-49.

Lester Young (st) Jesse Drake (tp) Jerry Elliot (tb) Junior Mance (p) Ted Briscoe (b) Roy Haynes (dr.

D. B. Blues / These Foolish Things / Just You Just Me / Be Bop Boogie.

(Charlie Parker PLP 409). Radiotrasmissioni, Royal Roost, New York, 19-3-49.

Lester Young (st) Jesse Drake (tp) Jerry Elliot (tb) Junior Mance (p) Ted Briscoe (b) Roy Haynes (dr.

Lavander Blue/ Lester Lleaps In/ She’s Funny That Way/ Tea For Two.

New York, 26-3-49.

Lester Young (st) Jesse Drake (tp) Jerry Elliot (tb) Junior Mance (p) Ted Briscoe (b) Roy Haynes (dr.

Mean To Me.

(Charlie Parker PLP 405). New York, 9-4-49.

Blue Lester.

Lester Young (st) Jesse Drakes (tp) Jerry Elliott (tb) Junior Mance (p) Leroy Jackson (b) Riy Haynes (dr).

Crazy Over Jazz (2 vers) / Ding Dong (2 vers) / Blues’n’Bells (2 verts) / Lester Digs / June Bug.

(Savoy MG 12068-12071). New York, 23-6-49.

Lester Young (st) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

Too Marvelous For Words (alt. Take) / Too Marvelous For Words / ‘Deed I Do / Encore / Polka Dots And Moombeams / Up And Adam.

New York, 17-9-49.

The Essential Lester Young.

Roy Eldridge (tp) Tommy Trunk (tb) Charlie Parker (sa) Flip Phillips, Lester Young (st) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

The Opener / Lester Leaps In / Embraceable You / The Closer.

(Verve JATP vol. 7). Carnegie Hall, New York, 18-9-49.

Lester Young (st) Nat King Cole (p) Buddy Rich (dr).

Back To The Land/ I Want To be Happy.

Febbraio 1950.

Pres / Collates.

Lester Young (st) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

Deed I Do / Two Marvellous For Words (2 vers) / Encore / Upp’n’Adam / Polka Dots And Moonbeams.

(Norgran MGN 1072-Clef 8924-8927). New York, 7-3-50.

Jesse Drake (tp) Lester Young (st) piano, basso e batteria non identificati.

Lester Warms Up / I Can’t Get Started / Lester Blues (2 vers) / Body And Soul / Up An Atom / Pennies From Heaven / One O’Clock Jump (2 vers) / Jumpin’With Symphony Side (2 vers).

(Savoy). Chicago, 2-4-50.

Pres.

Lester Young (st) John Lewis (p) Joe Shulman (b) Bill Clarke (dr).

Three Little Words / Neenah / Neenah (alt. take) / Neeneh (alt. take) Jeepers Creepers / Count Every Star (alt. take) / Count Every Star / It All Depend Of You / September In The Rain / Thou Swell / Thou Swell (alt.take).

(Norgran MGN 1072-1093). New York, 28-7-50.

Harry Edison (tp) Bill Harris (tb) Flip Phillips, Lester Young (st) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

Norgran Blues / Lady Be Good / Indiana / Ghost Of A Change.

(Verve V 8189). Carnegie Hall, New York, 16-9-50.

Pres Is Blue.

Lester Young (st) Jesse Drake (tp) Kenny Drew (p) Aaron Bell (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Pennies From Heaven / Stardust / Mean To Me / Stardust / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Three Little Words / Destination Moon. .

(Parker Records PLP 405) Radio, Savoy Ballroom, New York, 26-10- 50.

Lester Young (st) John Lewis (p) Gene Ramey (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Three Little Words / I Cover To Waterfront.

(Charlie Parker PLP 405-402) Radio Birdland, New York, 6-1-51.

Pres / The Essential Lester Young.

Lester Young (st) John Lewis (p) Gene Ramey (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Thou Swell / Undercover Girl Blues / Frenesi / Little Pee’s Blues / Sett In The Rain / Pete’s Cafe.

(Norgran MGN 1072). New York, 16-1-51.

Up And At’Em / Neenah.

Birdland, New York, 20-1-51.

A Foggy Day / Down ‘n’Adam / In A Little Spanish Town / Let’s Fall In Love / LesterSwings/ Slow Motion Blues / Slow Motion Blues (alt. take).

(Verve V 8161). New York, 8-3-51.

The President Lester Young Vol. 3.

Jesse Drake (tp) Lester Young (st) Wynton Kelly (p) Aaron Bell (b) Lee Abrams (dr).

Did I Do / Up And At ‘Em / Too Marvellous For Words/ How High The Moon / Pennies From Heaven

(Ambrosia 30). “Birdland” New York, 25-4-52.

Neenah / Ghost Of A Chang / In A Little Spanish Town / Destination Moon / Lester Leaps In.

(Ambrosia 30). Radio Birdland, New York, 2-5-52.

Up’n’Adam / ‘Deed I Do.

(Ambrosia 30). Radio Birdland, New York, 3-5-52.

The Pres-ident Plays With The Oscar Peterson Trio.

Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) J. C. Heard (dr).

I Can’t Get Started / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / There’ll Never Be Another You / Almost Like Being In Love / Confessin’/ I Can’t Give You Anything But Love / Stardust / These Foolish Things / Just You Just Me / Ad Lib Blues / Tea For Two / Indiana / It Takes Two To Tango.

(Verve V 8181-8144). New York, 4-8-52.

Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers (tp) Benny carter (sa) Flip Phillips, Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

Jam Session Blues / Cotton Tail / Perdido.

Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

I Can’t Get Started.

(Verve JATP vol. 8). Carnegie Hall, New York, 11-10-52.

Lester Young With The Oscar Peterson Trio.

Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) J. C. Heard (dr).

Ad Lib Blues / I Can’t Get Started / / Tea For Two / There Will Never Be Another You / Indiana Two To Tango / I can’t Get Started.

(Norgran). New York, 28-11-52.

Stardust / Confessin’ / I Can’t Give You Anything But Love / These Foolish Things / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Almost Like Being In Love / Just You Just Me.

(Verve 539 772). New York, 28-11-52.

Jesse Drake (tp) Lester Young (st) Wynton Kelly (p) Aaron Bell (b) Roy Haynes (dr).

Blues / Sunday / These Foolish Things.

(Charlie Parker PLP 402) Radio New York, 11-11 e 6-12-52.

Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Barney Kessel (g) Ray Brown (b) J. C. Heard (dr).

Flashes Of Pres: These Foolish Things – A Foggy Day : Lester Leaps In : Blues In C.

JATP, Parigi, 3-3-53.

Roy Eldridge (tp) Kai Winding (tb) John LaPorta (cl) Warne Marsh, Lester Young (st) Teddy Wilson (p) Billy Bauer (g) Eddie Safranski (b) Max Roach (dr) Terry Gibbs (vib) Billy Eckstine (vc).

Now High The Moon / St. Louis Blues.

(MGM 11573). New York, 9-7-53.

JATP Carnegie Hall.

Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) J. C. Heard (dr).

Lester’s Blues / Lester Leaps Inn (Lester Gambles) / I Cover The Waterfront.

(Verve JATP vol. 9). Carnegie Hall, New York, 19-9-53.

Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers (tp) Willie Smith, Benny Carter (sa) Flip Phillips, Lester Young, Ben Webster (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) J. C. Heard (dr).

Flying Home / One O’Clock Jump.

(Verve JATP vol. 9). Carnegie Hall, New York, 23-9-53.

Lester’s Here. Lester’s Here.

Jesse Drakes (tp) Lester Young (st) Gildo Mahones (p) Gene Ramey (b) Connie Kkay (dr).

This Can’t Be Love / New D. B. Blues / Jumpin At The Woodside / Can’t We Be Friends / Tenderly/ Lady Be Good / Willow Weep For Me / I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me.

(Norgran MGN 1071). New York, 11-12-53.

Jesse Drakes (tp) Lester Young (st) Gildo Mahones (p) John Ore (b) Connie Kkay (dr).

Another Mambo / Rose Room / Someday Loves Me / I’m In The Mood For Love / Big Top Blues / Touch Me Again / Come Rain Or Come Shine / It Don’t Mean A Thing / Kiss Me Again.

(Norgarn MGN 1022). New York, 10-12-54.

Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

The Blues.

Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

The Modern Set.

Lester Young, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.

(Verve JATP vol. 11). Hopera House, Chicago, 2-10-55.

Pres And Sweets. Pres And Sweets.

Harry Edison (tp) Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) , Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (dr).

One O’Clock Jump / Red Boy Blues / That’s All / That’s All (alt. take) / Pennies From Heaven / She’s Funny That Way / She’s Funny That Way (alt. take) / Mean To Me / It’s Talk Of The Town / I Found A New Baby / I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan.

(Norgan MGN 1043). New York, 1-11-55.

Lester Young (st) gli altri musicisti non sono citati.

Lester Warms Up / I Can’t Get Started / Lester’s Blues / Body And Soul / Up ‘n’Adam / How High The Moon / Pennies From Heaven.

(Savoy MG 12155). Prob. Radiotrasmissioni, New York, 1949-1955.

Roy Eldridge (tp) Lester Young (st) Vic Dickenson (tb) Teddy Wilson (p) Freddie Green (g) Gene Ramey (b) Jo Jones (dr).

I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plans / Gigantic Blues / You Can’t Depend On me / I Didn’s Know What Time It Was / This Year’s Kisses.

(Norgran MGN 1056). New York, 12-1-56.

Lester Young (st) Teddy Wilson (p) Gene Ramey (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Pres Return / Prisoner Of Love / Louise / Love Is Here To Stay / Love Me Or Leave Me / All Of Me / Taking A Chance On Love.

(Verve V 8308-9ì8205). New York, 13-1-56.

Pres In Europe. Pres In Europe.

Lester Young (st) Lasse Werner (p) Al King (b) Lex Humphries (dr).

Lester Leaps In / These Foolish Things / There Will Never be Another You / Lester’s European Blues / Lullaby Of Birdland.

Francoforte, 9-11-56.

Lester Young (st) Renè Urtreger (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Christian Garros (dr).

Polka Dots And Moonbeams / Lester Leaps In.

(HighNote HCD 7054). Zurigo, novembre, 1956.

Prez’s Hat vol. 3.

Don Ferrara (tp) Lester Young (st) Bill Triglia (p) Gene Ramey (b) Gus Johnson (dr).

Lullaby Of Birdland / Lester leaps In / Polka Dots And Moonbeams / Up’n’Adam / In A Little Spanish Town / Lullaby Of Birdland (alt. take).

(Philology LP 214-W 8). Birdland, New York, 7-8-56.

Prez’s Hat vol. 4. Prez’s Hat vol. 4.

Lester Young (st) Bill Triglia (p) Gene Ramey (b) Gus Johnson (dr).

Lullaby Of Birdland / Three Little Words / These Foolish Things / Lester’s Mop Mop Blues / Tea For Two.

(Philology LP 214 W 9). Birdland, New York, 15-8-56.

Lester Young (st) Rene Urteger (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Christian Garros (dr).

Indiana.

Miles Davis (tp) Lester Young (st) John Lewis (p) Milt Jackson (vib) Percy Heath (b) Connie Kay (dr).

How High The Moon.

Miles Davis (tp) Lester Young (st) Milt Jackson (vib) Percy Heath (b) Connie Kay (dr) più sezioni melodiche ed al pianoforte dell’orchestra di Kurt Edelhagen.

Lester Leaps In.

Friburgo, 12-11-56.

In Washington D. C. Vol. 1. In Washington D. C. 1956 – vol. I

Lester Young (st) Bill Potts (p) Norman Williams (b) Jim Lucht (dr).

A Foggy Day / When You’re Smiling / I Can’t Get Started / Fast B Flat Blues / D. B. Blues / Tea For Two / Jeepers Creepers.

(Pablo).

Washington, 7-12-56.

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In Washington D. C. Vol. 2. In Washington D. C. 1956 – vol. II

Lester Young (st) Bill Potts (p) Norman Williams (b) Jim Lucht (dr).

Lester Leaps In / These Foolish Things / I’m Confessin’ / Three Little Words / Jumpin’At The Symphony Sid / Almost Like Being In Love / Lullaby Of Birdland.

(Pablo 2308 225).

Washington, 3 e 9-12-56.

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In Washington D. C. Vol. 3. In Washington D. C. 1956 – vol. III

Lester Young (st) Bill Potts (p) Norman Williams (b) Jim Lucht (dr).

Just You Just Me / Sometimes I’m Happy / Up’N Adam / Indiana / G’s If You Please / There’ll Never Be Another You.

(Pablo 2308 228).

Washington, 3 e 9-12-56.

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Lester Young In Washington D. C. 1956 – vol. IV. In Washington D. C. 1956 – vol. IV

Lester Young (st) Bill Potts (p) Norman Williams (b) Jim Lucht (dr).

Talk Of The Town / I Cover The Waterfront / Pennie From Heaven / G’s If You Please / Almost Like Being In Love / D. B. Blues / I’m Confessin’ / That I Love You.

(Pablo Live PBL 6003).

Olivia Davis’ Patio Lounge, Washington, 1956.

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Lester Young In Washington D. C. 1956 – vol. V. In Washington D. C. 1956 – vol. V.

Lester Young (st) Bill Potts (p) Norman Williams (b) Jim Lucht (dr).

D.B. Blues / Three Little Words / Pennies from Heaven / When You’re Smiling / Oh, Lady Be Good / Up ‘N’ Adam / Jumpin’ with Symphony Sid / Lullaby of Birdland.

(Pablo)

Washington, Dicembre 1956.

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Going For Myself. Going For Myself.

Harry Edison (tp) Lester Young (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) , Ray Brown (b) Louie Bellson (dr).

Ballad Medley: A Ghost Of A Chance / Talk Of The Town / St. Tropez / St. Tropez (alt. talke) / Sunday / Perdido / Flic / Love Is Here To Stay.

(Verve PR 2/3 – V 8298). Los Angeles, 31-7-57.

Roy Eldridge (tp) Jay Jay Johnson (tb) Sonny Stitt (sa) Illinois Jacquett, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Flip Phillips (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Connie Kay (dr) Ella Fitzgerald (vc).

Stompin’At The Savoy / Lady Be Good.

Sonny Stitt (sa) Illinois Jacquett, Lester Young, Flip Phillips (st) Oscar Peterson (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Connie Kay (dr).

The Slow Blues / Merry Go-Round.

(Verve V 8264-8267). Los Angeles, 25-10-57.

Harry Edison (tp) Lester Young (st) Lou Stein (p) Herb Ellis (g) Ray Brown (b) Mike Sheen (dr).

Sunday (alt. take) / Waldorf Blues / Waldorf Blues (alt. take) / You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me.

(Verve V 8298). New York, 7-2-58.

Lester Young (st) Roy Eldridge (tp) Harry Edison (tp) Hank Jones (p) Herb Ellis (g) George Duvivier (b) Mickey Sheen (dr).

You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me (alt.take) / Romping / Gypsy In My Soul / Please don’t Take About Me / They Can’t Take That Away From me / Salute To Benny / Ballad Medley / Mean To me / I Didn’t Know What Time It Was / Oh Lady Be Good / Almost Like Being In Love / Three Little Words / I Cover The Waterfront / I Can’t Get Started.

(Verve V 8316). New York, 8-2-58.

Lester Young (st) Don Ewell (p) Tommy Bryant (b) Jo Jones (dr).

I Cover The Waterfront.

Buck Clayton (tp) Lester Young (st) Jack Teagarden (tb) Pee Wee Russell (cl) Don Ewell (p) Tommy Bryant (b) Jo Jones (dr).

Jump The Blues.

Newport, 5-7-58.

In Memoriam. In Memoriam

Lester Young (st) Rene Urtreger (p) George Joyner (b) Jimmy Gourley (g) Kenny Clarke (dr).

I Didn’t Know What Time It Was / Lady Be Good / Almost Like Being In Love / Three Little Words / I Cover The Waterfront / I Can’t Get Started / Indiana / Pennies From Heaven / New D. B. Blues / Lullaby In Birdland / There’ll Never Be Another You / Tea For Two.

(Metro Records 2356 134). Parigi, 4-3-59.

A Treasure Of Immortal Jazzmen By Alessandro Protti.

Charlie Parker (sa) formazione sconosciuta.

Blues / I Cover The Waterfront / These Foolish Things / Lester Leaps In / Sunday / Destination Moon.

(PLP 402).

Lester Young Quintet

Lester Young (ts) Harold Kaufmann (p) Jimmy Gourley (el-g) Jean-Marie Ingrand (b) Kenny Clarke (d)

There will never be another you / I cover the waterfront / Lullaby of Birdland

(Philology 214-W-6) Live “Blue Note Cafe”, Paris, France, 11 Marzo 1959.

chiusura

YOUNG MARL (P-LEAD).

Suona nel 1934 con Reuben Reeves, poi con Baby Dodds e poi sino al 1940 con Floyd Campbell. Dal 1941 per qualche anno dirige un suo gruppo a Chicago. Nel 1946 ha suonato ed arrangiato per Fletcher Henderson. Trasferitosi a Los Angeles, conduce una sua orchestra. Prende la laurea di avvocato ed inizia ad esercitare la professione forense. In questa veste è stato determinante nell’aggregare in un unico sindacato tutti i musicisti di qualsiasi razza a Los Angeles nei primi anni ’50. Comunque continua a lavorare nella musica come compositore ed arrangiatore. E’stato sposato con Judy Carroll.

Marl Young’s Orchestra

Nick Cooper, Melvin Moore (tp) Nat Jones, Frank Derrick (as) Moses Gant (ts) Marl Young (p, arr) Bill Green (bj, vcl) Little Miss Cornshucks (vc)

We’re off / Gonna leave here walkin’ / Have you ever loved somebody / So long / Old Swing-Master

Nick Cooper, Melvin Moore (tp) Nat Jones, Frank Derrick (as) Moses Gant (ts) Marl Young (p, arr) Bill Green (bj, vcl) Mildred Cummings (vcl) poss same or similar pers

If you had only waited / For old time’s sake ù

(Sunbeam 102) Chicago, 1946

Marl Young Trio

Gene Ammons (ts) Petite Swanson (vcl) + others

I’m sorry / Did you ever feel lucky

(Sunbeam 107) Chicago, 1946-47

Marl Young’s String Ensemble

Melvin Moore (tp) Johnny Hartman (vcl) * strings

Always together / The songs you sing

(Sunbeam 108) Chicago, 1947chiusura


YOUNG MIGHTY, JOE (G-VC).

Shreveport, Louisiana. 23/9/1927.

Nel 1954 raggiunta un certa maturità professionale mette su un suo complesso. Nel 1955 va a Chicago dove lavora con Howlin’Wolf, poi con Joe Little e con Billy Boy Arnold. In seguito entra nel gruppo di Jimmy Rogers, dal 1961 al 1964 suona con Otis Rush. Collabora anche negli studi di registrazione con Willie Dixon, con Tyron Davis, con Jimmy Dawkins e con Magic Sam. Negli anni ’70 suona spesso con Koko Taylor. Ormai è un musicista affermato, le incisoni si susseguono, partecipa a molte manifestazioni come il Festival di Antibes nel 1975. chiusura


YOUNG RUTH (VC).

New York.

Cantante che è stata la compagna di Chet Baker per un decennio, dal 1973 al 1982. Anni travagliati per il trombettista, ed è proprio in questi anni la Young è stata introdotta nel canpo professionale dal suo compagno. La ritroviamo nel 2002 con un album, dopo un lungo periodo di anonimato, interrotto solo nella comparsa fatta nel famoso video di Bruce Weber : “Let’s Get Lost”. Cantante dalla voce suggestiva e ovattata, molto confidenziale e coinvolgente. Diventa emozionante quando interpreta i classici bakeriani con incantevoli sottovoce e con dizione morbida.

Discografia:

This Is Always.Ruth Young This Is Always.

Ruth Young (vc) Herb Geller (sa) Walter Lang (p) Wolfgang Lackerschmid (vib) Rocky Knauer (b).

Deep In Dream / This Is Always / The Wind / Tome After Time / I Fall In Love Too Easily / You’re My Thrill / Whatewer Possess’d me / Let’s Get Lost / My Ideal / Look For The Sivery Lining / The Thrill Is Gone / But Not For Me.

(Nagel Heyer 2051). Augsburg, Germania, 17-20 Luglio 2002.chiusura


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