Deborah, who may or may not have a last name, wrote a few days ago about her encounter with “I Remember Clifford” and followed up with this message.
Thank you for helping to educate me!
Regarding the John Lewis-Wonderful World of Jazz album … I have twice given it to other jazz newbies, but new CDs of the album can no longer be bought in the US.
Please, will you suggest another jazz album I could give as an introduction to the genre for my friends who express an interest?
One place you can buy the Lewis CD in the United States is here, at prices ranging from reasonable to outrageous.
I could suggest a hundred or more introductory albums for your friends, but I like your challenge of picking just one. Tomorrow, it might be another, but today it’s The Lester Young Story, a bargain four-CD box set that contains many of the great records that Young made from his period of genius with Count Basie in the 1930s to his death in 1959.
Why Lester Young? In the development of the art of jazz soloing, he was the link between Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. At his best, he was sublimely lyrical, inventive, swinging and richly satisfying. No one who truly wants to be interested in jazz should fail to become intimately acquainted with Young. John Lewis, by the way, revered Lester and played piano for him in the early 1950s. Many of their recordings together are on this CD, but the comprehensive box set above is the place to start.
Deborah Hendrick says
Happy 4th of July!
Doug, I’ve been listening to the one minutes audio clips from “The Lester Young Story” CDs and they are terrific. That 4-CD boxed set has to be the best buy around and I’ll be ordering it soon. And the John Lewis with Lester Young too, since John Lewis is my first love. Thanks again for your help.