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Lester Young: The Complete Savoy Recordings

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Album Review

2002's The Complete Savoy Recordings contains all 46 recordings Lester Young recorded for Savoy, including numerous alternate takes. This set is nicely assembled, boasting 20-Bit remastering, with good notes and logical sequencing (even if the successions of alternate takes do skew it a bit toward the historian, not the casual listener), making this the best set to date of Young's pivotal Savoy recordings.

Biography

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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