LESTER YOUNG

Swing / Big Band • United States
Jazz music community with review and forums
LESTER YOUNG picture
Bio from www.lesteryoung.dk

Lester Young was unique, just as original and fascinating a musician as he was a human being. He introduced a new way of playing which led to the modern jazz. He was the inspiration for Charlie Parker and countless musicians on all instruments who grew up becoming jazz musicians during the fourties and fifties. The cool jazz of the 1950’s was directly based on Young’s light and relaxed style.

Now, more than 50 years after his death, Young is still an inspiration for many - as the so called mainstream jazz, which never seems to go out of fashion, basically comes from his influence on musicians like Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Miles Davis, John Lewis, Charlie Christian and others of that generation. Click on the official website for much more.
Thanks to js, snobb for the updates

LESTER YOUNG Online Videos

No LESTER YOUNG online videos available. Search and add one now.

Buy LESTER YOUNG music

More places to buy metal & LESTER YOUNG music

  • CDUniverse - Specializing in the sale of domestic and imported music CDs and Imports

LESTER YOUNG Discography

LESTER YOUNG albums / top albums

LESTER YOUNG The Lester Young Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lester Young Trio
Swing 1951
LESTER YOUNG The Lester Young Trio Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lester Young Trio Volume 2
Swing 1951
LESTER YOUNG Pres album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pres
Swing 1952
LESTER YOUNG Kansas City Style album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kansas City Style
Swing 1952
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young Collates No. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young Collates No. 2
Swing 1953
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young/Paul Quinichette : Pres Meets Vice Pres album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young/Paul Quinichette : Pres Meets Vice Pres
Swing 1954
LESTER YOUNG The President (aka Lester Swings Again) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The President (aka Lester Swings Again)
Swing 1954
LESTER YOUNG With The Oscar Peterson Trio #1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
With The Oscar Peterson Trio #1
Swing 1954
LESTER YOUNG With The Oscar Peterson Trio #2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
With The Oscar Peterson Trio #2
Swing 1955
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young (aka It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young (aka It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing))
Swing 1955
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young, Harry Edison : Pres & Sweets album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young, Harry Edison : Pres & Sweets
Swing 1955
LESTER YOUNG Lester's Here album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester's Here
Swing 1956
LESTER YOUNG The Jazz Giants '56 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Giants '56
Swing 1956
LESTER YOUNG Letser Young with Count Basie and His Orchestra  : Let’s go to Prez album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Letser Young with Count Basie and His Orchestra : Let’s go to Prez
Big Band 1956
LESTER YOUNG Pres and Teddy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pres and Teddy
Swing 1957
LESTER YOUNG Going for Myself album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Going for Myself
Swing 1958
LESTER YOUNG Laughin' To Keep From Cryin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Laughin' To Keep From Cryin'
Swing 1959
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young In Paris album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young In Paris
Swing 1960
LESTER YOUNG Lester Warms Up album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Warms Up
Swing 1963

LESTER YOUNG EPs & splits

LESTER YOUNG Lester Young and His Kansas City Six album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young and His Kansas City Six
Swing 1955

LESTER YOUNG live albums

LESTER YOUNG 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Pres" (aka Archives Of Jazz Vol 1)
Swing 1961
LESTER YOUNG Just You, Just Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Just You, Just Me
Swing 1962
LESTER YOUNG Pres Is Blue (aka Lester Young Vol. 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pres Is Blue (aka Lester Young Vol. 1)
Swing 1963
LESTER YOUNG Early Modern - 1946 Concert Recordings By album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Modern - 1946 Concert Recordings By
Swing 1971
LESTER YOUNG Prez in Europe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Prez in Europe
Swing 1974
LESTER YOUNG Newly Discovered Performances, Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Newly Discovered Performances, Vol.1
Swing 1974
LESTER YOUNG Pres Lives album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pres Lives
Swing 1977
LESTER YOUNG In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 1
Swing 1980
LESTER YOUNG In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 2
Swing 1980
LESTER YOUNG In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 3
Swing 1981
LESTER YOUNG In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Washington DC 1956, Vol. 4
Swing 1981
LESTER YOUNG Live At The Savoy Ballroom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Savoy Ballroom
Swing 1981
LESTER YOUNG 0.00 | 0 ratings
"Live"
Swing 1984
LESTER YOUNG Live At Birdland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Birdland
Swing 1989
LESTER YOUNG In Washington, D.C. 1956 - Vol. 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Washington, D.C. 1956 - Vol. 5
Swing 1998
LESTER YOUNG Boston 1950 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boston 1950
Swing 2013

LESTER YOUNG demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

LESTER YOUNG re-issues & compilations

LESTER YOUNG Lester Young And His Tenor Sax Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young And His Tenor Sax Volume 1
Swing 1956
LESTER YOUNG Blue Lester (aka Lester Young aka The Immortal) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Lester (aka Lester Young aka The Immortal)
Swing 1956
LESTER YOUNG The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson Trio album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The President Plays With The Oscar Peterson Trio
Swing 1957
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young And The Kansas City 5 (aka 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young And The Kansas City 5 (aka "Prez")
Swing 1962
LESTER YOUNG The Great Lester Young Volume 1 & 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Great Lester Young Volume 1 & 2
Swing 1965
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young Leaps Again (aka Pres On Keynote) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young Leaps Again (aka Pres On Keynote)
Swing 1966
LESTER YOUNG The Aladdin Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Aladdin Sessions
Swing 1975
LESTER YOUNG Sax Masters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sax Masters
Swing 1975
LESTER YOUNG Jammin With Lester Volume Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jammin With Lester Volume Two
Swing 1976
LESTER YOUNG Lester Swings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Swings
Swing 1977
LESTER YOUNG A Musical Romance (Volume 2 of 'The Lester Young Story') album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Musical Romance (Volume 2 of 'The Lester Young Story')
Swing 1977
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young Enter The Count ( Volume 3 of 'The Lester Young Story') album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young Enter The Count ( Volume 3 of 'The Lester Young Story')
Swing 1977
LESTER YOUNG En Washington, D.C. 1956 Vols 1 Y 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
En Washington, D.C. 1956 Vols 1 Y 2
Swing 1980
LESTER YOUNG Evening Of A Basie-ite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evening Of A Basie-ite
Swing 1980
LESTER YOUNG The Master's Touch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Master's Touch
Swing 1992
LESTER YOUNG The Complete Aladdin Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Aladdin Recordings
Swing 1995
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young: Ken Burns Jazz album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Lester Young: Ken Burns Jazz
Swing 2000
LESTER YOUNG Live! From the Royal Roost 1948 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live! From the Royal Roost 1948
Swing 2001
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young & Nat King Cole Complete Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young & Nat King Cole Complete Recordings
Swing 2004
LESTER YOUNG Complete Savoy Masters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Savoy Masters
Swing 2004
LESTER YOUNG The President Plays album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The President Plays
Swing 2007
LESTER YOUNG Lester Young – Blue Lester – The Complete Royal Roost Recordings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lester Young – Blue Lester – The Complete Royal Roost Recordings
Swing 2014

LESTER YOUNG singles (0)

LESTER YOUNG movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

LESTER YOUNG Reviews

LESTER YOUNG Lester Young: Ken Burns Jazz

Boxset / Compilation · 2000 · Swing
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
js
“Lester Young: Ken Burns Jazz” is a great collection of Lester Young tunes that is often criticized for its sound quality. Personally I find most of this CD to be fine, but unfortunately I think what gives people such a bad impression is that the worst moments come at the very beginning. The first 30 seconds are unbearable with a loud hiss that buries the opening piano, but after that first half a minute, the instruments seem to strengthen and the rest of the CD seems to be OK, except for “Twelfth Street Rag“, which also suffers from a very prominent hiss. Having said all that, the music on here is excellent. Lester Young is one of those rare instrumental voices who transforms every tune he plays into a personal statement. Often credited with being one of the first great jazz soloists to take a cool approach to soloing as opposed to the expected “hot” approach, Young’s languid and slightly off-kilter phrases matched with his smooth sound can be mesmerizing.

This CD does a good job of spanning Young’s entire career and includes some good performances from late in his career when he had supposedly lost his skills due to alcohol. The different settings Young is cast in on here include many sides with the Count Basie Orchestra and its many smaller off-shoots like the Kansas City Six, as well as some cuts that feature his legendary accompaniments to the sultry Billie Holiday and some cuts that feature Young as a leader. The tunes recorded with Basie seem to show what Young was best at. The Basie Orchestra was anything but cool and their high energy romps and tight riffs make for a perfect foil for Young’s rhythmically loose solos that blur the crisp lines of the big band. Due to some of the sound issues, this may not be the best Young collection to buy, but that doesn’t change the fact that this is some excellent music.

LESTER YOUNG Movies Reviews

No LESTER YOUNG movie reviews posted yet.

LESTER YOUNG Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

JMA TOP 5 Jazz ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Kind of Blue Cool Jazz
MILES DAVIS
Buy this album from our partners
A Love Supreme Post Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady Progressive Big Band
CHARLES MINGUS
Buy this album from our partners
My Favorite Things Hard Bop
JOHN COLTRANE
Buy this album from our partners

New Jazz Artists

New Jazz Releases

Flow States Avant-Garde Jazz
MARSHALL ALLEN
Buy this album from MMA partners
That Feeling Soul Jazz
EIVIND AUSTAD
Buy this album from MMA partners
I Love To See You Smile Soul Jazz
3D JAZZ TRIO
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Jazz Online Videos

3D Jazz Trio - Back At The Chicken Shack
3D JAZZ TRIO
js· 16 hours ago
That Feeling
EIVIND AUSTAD
snobb· 23 hours ago
Higher
ANDY SNITZER
js· 1 day ago
More videos

New JMA Jazz Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Jazz News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us