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Moving on with unofficial Franklin Mint Month we come across another extremely talented and influential saxophone player. His tragic life may have mirrored another sax player featured in a past episode, but Lester’s playing was all his own. So get ready to hear the musician Billie Holiday nicknamed Prez in Volume 90: Sax Master Young.

Here’s the story about the friendship between Lester Young and Billie Holiday I mention in this episode’s Interesting Sidenote.

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Credits and Copyrights:

Various – Jazz Masters Of The Sax
Label: The Franklin Mint Record Society – FM JAZZ 014
Series: Institute Of Jazz Studies Official Archive Collection, The Greatest Jazz Recordings Of All Time
Format: 4 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Red Vinyl Box Set
Country: Sweden
Released: 1983
Genre: Jazz
 
Jones-Smith Inc. – Shoe Shine Boy
Written by Saul Chaplin
Tenor Saxophone – Lester Young
Trumpet – Carl “Tatti” Smith
Piano – Count Basie
String Bass – Walter Page
Drums – Jo Jones
Recorded Autumn 1936
Released on Vocalion Records
 
Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra – I Can’t Get Started
Music by Vernon Duke and lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Trumpet – Buck Clayton
Trombone – Dicky Wells 
Piano – Margaret “Queenie” Johnson
Guitar – Freddie Greene
String Bass – Walter Page
Drums – Jo Jones
Vocals – Billie Holiday
Tenor Sax Lestor Young
Recorded September 15, 1938
Released on Columbia Records
 
Count Basie & His Orchestra– Clap Hands! Here Comes Charley!
written by Billy Rose, Ballard MacDonald and Joseph Meyer
Alto Saxophone – Earle Warren
Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone – Jack Washington
Trombone – Dickey Wells, Benny Morton, and Dan Minor
Trumpet – Buck Clayton, Ed Lewis, Harry Edison and Shad Collins
Guitar – Freddie Greene
String Bass – Walter Page
Drums – Jo Jones
Piano – Count Basie
Alto Sax – Lester Young
Recorded August 4, 1939
Released on Vocalion Records
 
Young Quartet– I Never Knew
written by Gus Kahn, Ted FioRito
Piano – Johnny Guarnieri
String Bass – Slam Stewart
Drums – Sid Catlett
Alto Sax – Lester Young
Recorded on December 28, 1943
Released on Kenote Records
 
Young Quintet– Lester Blows Again
Written by Lester Young
Trombone – Vic Dickenson
Piano – Dodo Marmarosa
Guitar – Freddy Greene
String Bass – Red Callendar
Drums – Henry Tucker Green
Alto Sax – Lester Young
Recorded in October 1945
Released on Alladin
 
Young Quartet– Neenah
Could not find the composer on this one
Acoustic Bass – Joe Shulman
Drums – Bill Clarke
Piano – John Lewis
Recorded in July of 1950
Released on Clef Records
 
Young-Cole-Rich Trio – I Want To Be Happy
written by Vincent Youmans, Otto Harbach, Irving Caesar
Piano – Nat King Cole
Drums – Buddy Rich
Alto Sax – Lester Young
Recorded in December 1945
Released on Clef Records
 
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