CDs: Lester Young

Thumbnail image for Prez Mosaic Box.jpgClassic Columbia, Okeh And Vocalion Lester Young With Count Basie (1936-1940) (Mosaic). Young’s lightness, buoyancy, rhythmic daring and harmonic subtlety on tenor saxophone helped free soloists from the arbitrary restrictions of time divisions. He told beautiful stories as he flew weightlessly across bar lines. His recordings with Basie, stunningly remastered by Mosaic in four CDs, include masterpieces that have set a high bar for generations of musicians. These are essential recordings.

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