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Pres & Sweets (Original Jazz Sound)

Lester Young & Harry Edison

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Album Review

This CD reissue features a logical frontline comprised of tenor saxophonist Lester Young and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison. With pianist Oscar Peterson, guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Buddy Rich completing the sextet, it is not surprising that the music is quite swinging. Young was in good form that day, obviously happy to be having a reunion with his fellow Count Basie alumnus Sweets. On a variety of swing standards (highlighted by "Mean to Me," "Pennies From Heaven" and "One O'Clock Jump") plus "Bad Boy Blues," Prez and Sweets perform infectiously enjoyable music.


Born: 27 August 1909 in Woodville, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s

Lester Young was one of the true jazz giants, a tenor saxophonist who came up with a completely different conception in which to play his horn, floating over bar lines with a light tone rather than adopting Coleman Hawkins' then-dominant forceful approach. A non-conformist, Young (nicknamed "Pres" by Billie Holiday)...
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