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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lester Young - Live and in Chronological Order

Here's the whole shebang... a re-upload of the 16CD set of (nearly) all of Lester Young's known live recordings. I got this from a kind soul many years ago, and the files that are still up (about half of them) from the first round are among the most downloaded of all the years I've had this blog... so I figured it would be time to bring this on again.

The files are unchanged - but the information for the two August 1956 sessions has been updated below (and in the overview file that you'll find in the comments).

If you have any corrections or additions to the discography, please leave a comment and do let me know!



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 1 /1941-1946


July 6, 1938
Jam Session
WNEW Studios, New York City
Benny Goodman cl; Lester Young ts; Teddy Wilson p; others unknown (?)
1. unidentified (?) 3:31

Between February 27 and March 17, 1941 (February 15, 1941?)
Lester Young & his Band
Manhattan Center, New York City
Shad Collins t; Lester Young ts; John Collins g; Nick Fenton b; Doc West d
2. Tickle Toe (Young) 5:25
3. Taxi War Dance (Basie-Young) 5:19

December 2, 1941
Lester & Lee Young’s Band
Club Capri, Hollywood
Paul Campbel t; Lester Young & Bumps Myers ts; Jimmy Rowles p; Red Callender b; Lee Young d
4. Untitled Original (Young) / Blues (Theme) 3:36

1941/1942
Unknown Band
Trouville Club, Los Angeles (Porter: prob. Club in Hollywood)
Lester Young ts, prob. voc; others unknown
5. Just A Little Bit South of North Carolina (Skylar-Cannon-Shaftel) 3:04

August, 1944
Jammin’ the Blues
Hollywood/Los Angeles, CA
Harry Edison t; Lester Young ts; Marlowe Morris p; Barney Kessel g; Red Callender b; Sid Catlett d
6. The Midnight Symphony (Young) 3:02 Morris, Young, Edison, Young
Young ts; Morris p; Kessel g; Callender b; Catlett d; Marie Bryant voc
7. On The Sunny Side of The Street (Fields-McHugh) 3:14 [Bryant, Young, Bryant (with Young)]
Edison t; Dickie Wells tb; Young ts & Illinois Jacquet ts; Morris p; Kessel g; Callender b; Catlett d
8. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 5:18 [Morris, Young, Edison, Kessel, Catlett, Young]
Edison t; Wells tb; Young ts; Morris p; Kessel g; Callender b; Catlett d; Bryant voc
9. If I Could Be With You (Johnson-Creamer) 2:12 [Young, Wells, Bryant, Edison, Young]
Edison t; Wells tb; Young & Jacquet ts; Morris p; Kessel g; Callender b; Catlett d
10. Blues For Marvin (Young) 4:49 [Young, Wells, Edison, Kessel, Jacquet, Young]
Edison t; Young & Jacquet ts; Morris p; Kessel g; John Simmons b; Jo Jones d
11. Jammin’ The Blues (Young) 4:12 [Young, Kessel, Edison, Morris, Simmons, Jacquet]
12. Jammin’ The Blues (Young) 4:56 [same solo order]
The identity of the drummers on these tracks is not confirmed (see notes of Lester Young MoJ Vol. 6)

Prob. early April 1946
Lester Young with King Cole Trio & Buddy Rich
AFRS Jubilee #184, Hollywood, CA
Lester Young ts; Nat “King” Cole p; Oscar Moore g; Johnny Miller b; Buddy Rich d
13. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 4:35
14. Lester Leaps In (Young) 3:33
The booklet gives ca. March 20, 1946 as recording date for this item.

Prob. early April 1946
Lester Young Quartet
AFRS Jubilee #190, Hollywood, CA
Lester Young ts; Kenny Kersey p; Billy Hadnott b; Shadow Wilson d
15. D. B. Blues (Young) 4:10


Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 2 /1946-1948


Ca. April 22, 1946
Jubilee All Stars
AFRS Jubilee #190/192, Hollywood, CA
Buck Clayton t; Coleman Hawkins & Lester Young ts; Kenny Kersey p; Irving Ashby g; Billy Hadnott b; Shadow Wilson d
1. Sweet Georgia Brown (Pinkard-Bernie-Casey) 8:20
2. Oh, Lady Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 4:06
3. I Got Rhythm (Gershwin) 8:33

May 27, 1946
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Carnegie Hall, New York City
Buck Clayton t; Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet & Lester Young ts; Kenny Kersey p; Curley Russell b; J. C. Heard d
4. Oh, Lady Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 10:45
5. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 7:36
These two titles were eventually released on the Verve 10CD JATP box

November 27, 1948
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Ted Kelly tb; Lester Young ts; Freddie Jefferson p; Ted Briscoe b; Roy Haynes d
6. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 0:44
7. Lester Leaps In (Young) 3:05
8. A Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 4:36
9. Just You, Just Me (Greer-Klages) 5:09
10. Sweet Georgia Brown (Bernie-Pinkard-Casey) 5:09
same date, add Kai Winding tb; Allen Eager ts; Hank Jones p; Ray Brown b; Ella Fitzgerald voc; probably omit Jefferson and Briscoe, maybe Kelly
11. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis) / Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 7:17
MC: Symphony Sid



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 3 /1948-1949


December 4, 1948
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Ted Kelly tb; Lester Young ts; Freddie Jefferson p; Ted Briscoe b; Roy Haynes d
1. Be Bop Boogie (Young) 4:09
2. I’m Confessin’ (Neiburg-Daugherty-Reynolds) 3:21
3. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 5:46
4. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis) 4:37
5. Sunday (Coots-Grey) 4:15
6. Jumping With Symphony Sid (Theme) (Young) 0:55

March 19, 1949
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Jerry Elliott tb; Lester Young ts; Junior Mance p; Ted Briscoe b; Roy Haynes d
7. Bebop Boogie (Young) 3:16
8. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 3:30
9. D. B. Blues (Young) 2:26
10. Just You, Just Me (Greer-Klages) 3:07

March 26, 1949
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Jerry Elliott tb; Lester Young ts; Junior Mance p; Ted Briscoe b; Roy Haynes d
11. Lester Leaps In (Young) 2:23
12. She’s Funny That Way (Moret-Whiting) 3:40
13. Lavender Blue (Daniel-Morey) 4:10
14. Tea For Two (Youmans-Caesar) 3:00

April 9, 1949
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Jerry Elliott tb; Lester Young ts; Junior Mance p; Ted Briscoe b; Roy Haynes d
15. Lavender Blue (Daniel-Morey) 5:07
16. A Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:29
17. Mean To Me (Turk Ahlert) 3:21
18. Sunday (Coots-Grey) 3:06

MC on all tracks: Symphony Sid



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order (Discs 4-6)

February 22, 1950
Lester Young Quintet
Savoy Ballroom, New York City

Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Kenny Drew p; Leroy Jackson or Aaron Bell b; Jo Jones d

Disc 4 /1950
1. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Theme) (Young) 0:53
2. Neenah (Young) 3:53
3. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 7:20
4. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 4:09
5. Lester Leaps In (Young) 3:11
6. Sunday (Coots-Grey) 7:51
7. Destination Moon (?) 8:48
8. Mean To Me (Turk Ahlert) 4:36
9. Pennies From Heaven (Johnston-Burke) 6:52
10. Stardust (H. Carmichael) 7:39
11. Three Little Words (Kalmar-Ruby) 6:46

Disc 5 /1950
1. On The Sunny Side Of The Street (Fields-McHugh) 6:03
2. Oh, Lady, Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 6:32
3. ‘Deed I Do (Hirsch-Rose) 6:31
4. Almost Like Being In Love (Lerner-Loewe) 5:02
5. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 5:03
6. I Got Rhythm (Gerswhin) 12:58
7. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:30
8. Perdido (Juan Tizol) 10:56
9. One O’Clock Jump (Count Basie) 5:57

Disc 6 /1950
1. D. B. Blues (Young) 10:49
2. ‘Deed I Do (Hirsch-Rose) 8:54
3. Untitled Blues (Young) 2:22
4. Lester Leaps In (Young) 6:10
5. Blues with Bridge (Young) 6:49
6. Seventh Avenue Romp (?) 6:59
7. In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis-Wayne-Young) 10:39
8. Oh, Lady, Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 8:30


The above date is spoken on one of the source recordings, but it appears that these titles derive from more than one night.
More tunes are known to be recorded at these date(s) than on discs 4-6



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 7 /1950-1951


March 15, 1950
Lester Young Band
Royal Roost, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Ted Kelly tb; Lester Young ts; unknown p; Al McKibbon b; Buddy Rich d
1. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 5:46
2. Be Bop Boogie (Young) 3:14
3. D. B. Blues (Young) 2:21
4. Just You, Just Me (Greer-Klages) 3:05
5. Sunday (Coots-Grey) 4:17

prob. April 2, 1950
Lester Young Quintet
Chicago
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; unknown p, b, d
6. Tea For Two (Youmans-Caesar) 4:32
7. Blues in D-Flat (aka D.B. Blues) (Young) 6:25
8. Blue And Sentimental (Basie-David-Livingston) 7:18
9. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:56

January 6, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City
Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
10. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 3:47
11. Three Little Words (Kalmar-Ruby) 5:30
12. Neenah (Young) 4:25
13. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 5:27
14. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:06


Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 8 /1951


January 13, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City
Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
1. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 4:01
2. Too Marvellous For Words (Whiting-Mercer) 6:00
3. Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 4:33

January 20, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City
Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
4. Neenah (Young) 3:38
5. A Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:43
6. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:00
7. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 4:37

February 24, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City
Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
8. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 3:45
9. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 3:25
10. Neenah (Young) 3:45
11. Lester Leaps In (Young) 4:24
12. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 1:04

March 17, 1951
Lester Young Quartet
Birdland, New York City
Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey b; Jo Jones d
13. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Theme) (Young) / Up ‘N Adam (Young) 4:22
14. Too Marvellous For Words (Whiting-Mercer) 4:52
15. Neenah (Young) 4:27
16. Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:58
17. Lester Leaps In (Young) 5:01



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 9 /1951-1952


May 19, 1951
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; John Lewis p; Gene Ramey; Jo Jones d
1. Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 7:23
2. A Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:53
3. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis) 6:28
4. D.B. Blues (Young) 3:13

August 4, 1951
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight p; Gene Ramey or Aaron Bell b; Jo Jones or Joe Harris d
5. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Theme) (Young) / Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:12
6. Blue And Sentimental (Basie-David-Livingston) 3:12
7. Neenah (Young) 4:56
8. Lester Leaps In (Young) / Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Theme) (Young) 6:09

April 6, 1952
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
Lester Young ts; Hank Jones p; Ray Brown b; Max Roach
9. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 4:02


Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 10 / 1952


April 25, 1952
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight or Wynton Kelly p; Aaron Bell b; Lee Abrams d
1. Neenah (Young) 4:17
2. A Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:07
3. In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis-Wayne-Young) 7:29
4. Destination Moon (?) 6:36
5. Lester Leaps In (Young) 3:21

May 2, 1952
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight or Wynton Kelly p; Aaron Bell b; Lee Abrams d
6. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:01
7. ‘Deed I Do (Hirsch-Rose) 7:24
8. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis) 5:21
9. Pennies From Heaven (Johnston-Burke) 2:38

May 3, 1952
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight or Wynton Kelly p; Aaron Bell b; Lee Abrams d
10. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:34
11. ‘Deed I Do (Hirsch-Rose) 6:54



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 11 /1952-1953


August 2, 1952
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Gil Coggins p; unknown b, d
1. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:20
2. Ghost Of A Chance (Young-Washington-Crosby) 3:23
3. In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis-Wayne-Young) 7:25
4. Too Marvellous For Words (Whiting-Mercer) 6:11
5. Neenah (Young) 3:45

January 3, 1953
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight p; Aaron Bell b; Lee Abrams d
6. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:07
7. Blue And Sentimental (Basie-David-Livingston) 5:59
8. After You’ve Gone (Creamer-Layton) 6:30
9. In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis-Wayne-Young) 6:09
10. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Theme) (Young) 1:21


Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 12 /1953


January 10, 1953
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight p; Aaron Bell b; Lee Abrams d
1. Lullaby Of Birdland (Theme) (George Shearing) / Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 6:31
2. Almost Like Being In Love (Lerner-Loewe) 5:15
3. Neenah (Young) 5:09
4. D. B. Blues (Young) 3:44

January 15, 1953
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Horace Silver p; Franklin Skeete b; Lee Abrams d
5. Lullaby Of Birdland (Theme) (George Shearing) / Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:36
6. Too Marvellous For Words (Whiting-Mercer) 5:48

January 17, 1953
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight p; Aaron Bell b; Lee Abrams d
7. Oh, Lady, Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 7:55
8. A Foggy Day (G. & I. Gershwin) 8:15
9. In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis-Wayne-Young) 7:46
10. Lester Leaps In (Young) 6:10



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 13 /1953-1956


March 3, 1953
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
Lester Young ts; Hank Jones p; Ray Brown b; J.C. Heard d
1. Flashes of Pres (Medley) 7:14
These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link)
I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman)
Lester Leaps In (Young)
Blues In C (Young)

July 4, 1953
Lester Young Band
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight or Horace Silver p; Gene Ramey b; Connie Kay d
2. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 6:25
3. I Can’t Get Started (Duke-Gershwin) 7:02
4. Lester Leaps In (Young) 6:00

July 11, 1953
Lester Young Band
Birdland, New York City
Jesse Drakes t; Lester Young ts; Earl Knight or Horace Silver p; Gene Ramey b; Connie Kay d
5. Lullaby of Birdland (Theme) (George Shearing) / Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 6:18
6. In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis-Wayne-Young) 7:42
7. D Flat Blues With A Bridge (Young) 6:40

March 3, 1953 (?)
Jazz At The Philharmonic
Salle Pleyel, Paris, France
Lester Young ts, Ella Fitzgerald voc; others unknown
8. Lester Leaps In (Young) 3:01
Unknown date and place 1952/1953, possibly from the March 3, 1953 broadcast.

February 1956
Lester Young with unknown band
unknown place, tv show
Lester Young ts; others unknown
9. Pennies From Heaven (Johnston-Burke) 2:08
Probably recorded in Paris, October 12, 1956 (handwritten on photocopy of 16CD set discography)



Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 14 /1956


August 8, 1956
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City
Don Ferrara t; Lester Young ts; Bill Triglia p; Gene Ramey b; Gus Johnson d
1. Lullaby of Birdland (Theme) (George Shearing) / Lester Leaps In (Young) 7:21
2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Burke-Van Heusen) 4:18
3. Up ‘N Adam (Young) 5:57
4. In A Little Spanish Town (Lewis-Wayne-Young) / Lullaby of Birdland (Theme) 3:11
Date given on photocopies of discography of 16CD set is late summer 1956 – exact date handwritten into photocopies.

August 15, 1956
Lester Young Quintet
Birdland, New York City, ABC Broadcast
unknown (prob. Jesse Drakes) t; Lester Young ts; Bill Triglia p; Gene Ramey b; Gus Johnson d
5. Lullaby of Birdland (Theme) (George Shearing) / Three Little Words (Kalmar-Ruby) 8:21
6. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 4:36
7. Blues in G (Lester’s Mop Mop Blues) (Young) 6:00
Same, omit Drakes
8. Tea For Two (Youmans-Caesar) 2:25
Porter does not list Tea for Two. He lists In A Little Spanish Town on August 15, and gives August 7 instead of August 8 for #1-4.

October 1956
Lester Young Quartet
Unknown club, Frankfurt, Germany
Lester Young ts; “Horst Ornimert” p; Al King b; Lex Humphries d
9. Lester Leaps In (Young) 9:48
10. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 3:27
11. Blues (Lester’s European Blues) (Young) 9:08
This date continues on disc 15.
These tracks were probably recorded in November 9, 1956, with Lasse Werner on piano.




Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 15 /1956


October 1956
Lester Young Quartet
Unknown club, Frankfurt, Germany
Lester Young ts; “Horst Ornimert” p; Al King b; Lex Humphries d
1. Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing) 2:56
2. There’ll Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) 7:38
This date begins on disc 14.
These tracks were probably recorded in November 9, 1956, with Lasse Werner on piano.

November 12, 1956
Birdland All-Stars
Freiburg, Germany
Lester Young ts; René Urtreger p; Pierre Michelot b; Christian Garros d
3. Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 2:33
Same date: Miles Davis t; Lester Young ts; Milt Jackson vib; John Lewis p; Percy Heath b;
Connie Kay d
4. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis) 8:11
Same date, Lester Young ts; Kurt Edelhagen big band, unknown personnel
5. Lester Leaps In (Young) 9:10

January 2, 1957 or November 1956
Lester Young Quartet
Unknown European city
Lester Young ts; unknown p, b, d
6. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Burke-Van Heusen) 2:29
7. Lester Leaps In (Young) 1:53
These tracks may be identical with the respective titles on “Pres in Europe” (Highnote). Personnel would then be: Young ts; René Urtreger p; Pierre Michelot b; Christian Garros d

December 8, 1956 (afternoon)
Lester Young with Earl Swope & Bill Potts
Olivia’s Patio Lounge, Washington DC
Earl Swope tb; Lester Young ts; Bill Potts p; Norman Williams b; Jim Lucht d
8. Oh, Lady, Be Good (G. & I. Gershwin) 7:15
9. Blues In G (Up ‘N Adam) (Young) 7:53
10. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 7:34
11. Lullaby of Birdland (George Shearing) 1:36


Lester Young – Live and private recordings in chronological order
Disc 16 /1956-1959


December 8, 1956 (night)
Lester Young with the Bill Potts Trio
Olivia’s Patio Lounge, Washington CD
Lester Young ts; Bill Potts p; Norman Williams b; Jim Lucht d
1. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 3:32
2. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 3:37
3. Three Little Words (Kalmar-Ruby) 4:20

December 15, 1956
Lester Young
Café Bohemia, New York City
Idrees Sulieman t; Lester Young ts; Sinclair Raney p; Gene Ramey b; Willie Jones d
4. Lester Leaps In (Young) 3:13
5. These Foolish Things (Morrell-Strachey-Link) 3:38
6. Three Little Words (Kalmar-Ruby) 4:41

December 22, 1956
Lester Young Quartet
Café Bohémia, New York City
Lester Young ts; Sinclair Raney p; Gene Ramey b; Willie Jones d
7. Pennies From Heaven (Johnston-Burke) 3:02
8. Polka Dots And Moonbeams (Burke-Van Heusen) 3:44
same, add Idrees Sulieman t
9. Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald) 4:01

December 8, 1957
The Sound of Jazz All-Stars
CBS TV Studio, New York City
Roy Eldridge & Doc Cheatham t; Vic Dickenson tb; Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster ts; Gerry Mulligan bari;
Mal Waldron p; Danny Barker g; Milt Hinton b; Osie Johnson d; Billie Holiday voc
10. Fine And Mellow (Billie Holiday) 8:05

July 5, 1958
The Newport All-Stars
Newport, Rhode Island
Buck Clayton t; Jack Teagarden tb; Pee Wee Russell cl; Lester Young ts; Don Ewell p; Tom Bryant b; Jo Jones d
11. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 3:38
12. Jump the Blues (Royal Garden Blues) (W.C. Handy) 7:07

September 25, 1958
Coleman Hawkins and Friends
WNTA-TV Studio, New York City, Art Ford’s Jazz Party (TV Show)
Henry “Red” Allen & Charlie Shavers t; J.C. Higginbotham tb; Pee Wee Russell cl; Coleman Hawkins & Lester Young ts;
Willie “The Lion” Smith p; Harry Shepherd vib; Dick Thompson g; Vinnie Burke b; Sonny Greer d
13. Mean To Me (Turk Ahlert) 3:25
14. Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid (Young) 8:36

March 1959 (March 11, 1959?)
Lester Young
Blue Note, Paris, France
Lester Young ts; H. Kaufmann (?) p; Jimmy Gourley g; Jean-Marie Ingrand b; Kenny Clarke d
15. I Cover The Waterfront (Green-Heyman) 0:59
16. There’ll Never Be Another You (Warren-Gordon) 5:02


51 comments:

Thomson said...

Thanks so much! I had downloaded this previously, but never got a hold of Disc 1, which had expired. The download you posted on sendspace gets me the text...Are the other links posted as well, or am I looking in the wrong place? Thanks in advance, this collection is INCREDIBLE!

yotte said...

Holy smokes! What a a post. Thank you!

Preslives said...

It doesn't any better than this!

ilario rozen said...

hi Mr. Ubu
very great post, many many thanks

rebecca said...

This is one of the loveliest gifts I've ever received! This is a wonderful set of recordings. I can't thank you enough for sharing them, and for the meticulous labeling, documentation, etc.

blissedout said...

Thanks, from my touched heart for these wonderful Prez dates.

You are an angel, not a mere king.

LYM said...

MARVELLOUS GIFT UBU!!! THANKS A MILLION.
Just in these last few weeks i rediscovered my favourite Lester Young and was lookin' for the Masters Of Jazz but...nothing at all on the web! This little search reminded me of an astonishing good box set and few days after I found that here! THANKS
Just a few discographycal annotations.
I've never been so proud of being and italian, not at all in this last decade. One of the moments in which I've been happy and proud of being born in Italy was when an italian label from Milano named Black Saint published, in 1987, a 22Lp box set named "Live and Private Recordings In Chronological Order". When the Lp disappeared they ri-published in 16 cds made of double or triple box and then a Japanese label (named Sound Hills Records)reissued the 16 cd set.
Thanks again for this terrific musical gift!. Would You ever upgrade it to fla? It would be greatly appreciated.

SEE YOU LYM

ubu said...

LYM, that 16CD version is of course the source of this post.

Are you sure the original LP version was on Black Saint?

LYM said...

Sure. But I was sure that there would have been a misunderstanding. The label Black Saint was an omonimous of the most famous and celebrated Black Saint/Soul Note one. That name came perhaps from a shop in Milano (now unlckily closed) specialized in jazz that produced the Lester Young and a Charlie Parker box set. Take a look here: http://jazzrecordscene.com/lesteryoungliveandprivaterecordingsinchronologicalorderpresbox01-22.aspx
SEE YOU LYM

ubu said...

Ah, OK - so it's not THAT Black Saint!

E-mile said...

Ubu, what an exXxcellent post!
I linked this to my last effort on my little baby-blog, hope you don't mind [:-)
peace, E-mile

E-mile said...

oh, I forgot, here you can find it:
http://e-milesaysongsdothematter.blogspot.com/2011/02/344-goodbye-pork-pie-hat.html

Gsblog said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful series from Lester.

Montag said...

RE: Lester Young – Live And Private Recordings In Chronological Order

Ubu, this is an absolutely fantastic post - most appreciated!

premo said...

Thanks so much for these. I'm a newbie regarding file formats, so these files are suitable for an iPod, but not for burning to an audio CD format, is that correct? Or does some type of file conversion have to take place?

ubu said...

Yes, these are suitable for ipods, but with most software you should easily be able to burn these to audio CDR, too - that doesn't make much sense though as MP3 are lossy and need much less space (and offer lesser quality) than audio CDR grants.
But then often with such old and non hi-fi recordings, the quality difference is barely noticeable at all...

ceb said...

Thanks for this much Prez. A labor of love that is received with same.

Jumpinjeep said...

Prez presides. A formidable post. Many many thanks.

chano said...

Ubu, what to say? The true holy grail. Danke.
Prez lives!

worldbflat said...

Ubu, thank you very much I will relish every one of these recordings. I'm sure I've heard many of these, but certainly never have I found the sheer volume of material in one place like this. I haven't been here in a very long time, so you might expect that this is a very nice surprise for me. After all this time, Prez is still the man--for me, anyway. A tip of the pork pie from my avatar. Great photos!

jose juan said...

I congratulate you Ubu for this big task. It's amazing. I downloaded it carefully and now I'm listening, I noticed that many of this recordings are among my Lester´s CD, but not in the same order that on the post; anyway, for those people that doesn't have many recordings of Lester, is a fantastic collection.

Japan said...

I know I'm a little late to this party, but I just had to say how amazingly wonderful this post is. Can't thank you enough!!

JM said...

Thank you so much. Incredible collection of live cuts.

Otis Foster said...

ubu, this is a wonderful resource. I have some of this from various sources, but it's a pleasure to get it in one integrated share. I can only imagine how much work went into this.

Again, my thanks

Otis

bop shop said...

Got them !! Thanks very much !

Chez Clay, [that's my house]

Bop's yr Uncle !

john said...

As I left the old Jazz Record Mart at 7 West Grand in Chicago one steamy summer day back in 1972, I couldn't help but parouse the stack of $1 lps near the door. (That old store was so packed with quality product- the city finally told them they'd have to clear it for larger aisles or risk fines for fire ordinance violations.)
A youthful Prez fan growing up in a Led Zepplin era, I saw a deal I simply could not pass up despite it meaning a fifteen-plus mile walk home due lack of el fare: a one dollar vinyl lp on the long defunct "Charlie Parker Records" label, with giant words across the front- LESTER YOUNG.
A discerning listener, I determined these to be live recordings made at Minton's Playhouse in 1944 with Prez, Denzil Best, Dizzy, George Wallington and an unknown bassist. Only five long tracks filled the two sides: Sundays, Destination Moon,"Tres' Blues", I Cover the Waterfront, Lester Leaps In (this last track ending with the audible voice of a fan saying: "Hey man- dig the m----er f---er's walk!") This was pre-war/ pre "DB Blues" Lester at his absolute finest hour, along with a young, energetic rising star- Dizzy. Some of the greatest proto-bop ever recorded!
The Lp is in deep storage a thousand plus miles away- but at some point this summer I have every intention of dusting it off and posting it on you tube and elsewhere. Maybe even here with enough interest generated.

Ciotoni said...

wonderful! precious material, if you have the possibility please post also a flac version, would be very nice, cheers

ubu said...

No FLAC here, sorry - would be too much work for which I don't have time. And after all, the sound quality of most of this isn't really harmed by MP3, I think.

swamielmo said...

what an amazing post. thank you

Karl Straub said...

i post this with complete understanding that our host here (ubu) is asking not to be hounded about reposting items. Fair enough. I hope I'm not being rude by asking if any folks who have downloaded it already because of his generosity would be willing to post or dropbox me some of it. I'm a huge Lester Young fan and scholar and I've got a lot of this already, but I've had no success trying to find much of it for sale. thanks, karlstraub@hotmail.com

ubu said...

I really wish it were like this ... but one major part why this blog was fun no more: it's a very one-way thing.

Sarada said...

Someone has to do it, might as well be you. It may seem a thankless task, but you are doing it for posterity and that's all of us!!
When we find a treasure trove like this, we ask ourselves why we never looked for it before. Perhaps, because it was not there. Cheers, all the best and thank you for keeping the memory of the Prez alive in our hearts and tears.

ubu said...

Woo ha, good one ... it was here, it was grabbed 300 to 400 times - but the spirit of our days seems to be hit and run and each on his own, alas.

Will look, I think I've recently saw the RAR files somewhere, stay tuned.

glmlr said...

A welcome resurrection Ubu, thank you. There are too many sax players living today who have not digested Lester Young.

danielfa said...

I can't find the links to the files - Would love to have this...

Andrew H said...

is there anywhere we can find this collection? I would be grateful for any pointers, it seems hard to find.

Andrew H said...

nevermind haha i figured it out :) thank you so much ubu!

Hookfinger said...

ubu - I downloaded this a while back but neglected to leave my thanks. Time to make that right. Many many thanks for so much Prez.

Cheb said...

Is the download still available? I cannot find it. Thanks,

Lewis said...

It was still there in June? Seems to be gone now? Oh well!
Lewis Porter

ubu said...

Hi Lewis

This happens all the time lately, that files become inaccessible because of server issues (I assume) on the provider's end. They woulnd't even let me know, stuff just disappears.

Will check it out and put the links up again here:
http://ubu-space.blogspot.ch/2013/11/lester-young-complete-unreleased-live.html

David R. Brockman said...

Looks like CD 15 is no longer available. Any chance of a repost? Thanks!

David R. Brockman said...

CD 01 is also coming up as unavailable.

ubu said...

I hate that shit - the files are around but the servers are down ... and while there's something about staff looking for it, files will disappear without me even getting a notice. Thanks for the alert, guess I got to put each file up seven times with the lousy service that you get nowadays.

N Camp said...

I know you do not do reuploads on request, but I just found this, so I was wondering if you could make an exception? I know this is a lot, but this is definitely quite the find, so would you mind doing so? Thank you

N Camp said...

Could you please do a reupload of this? it is quite the find. Thank you

ubu said...

it's all still there, just look ...

http://ubu-space.blogspot.ch/2013/11/lester-young-complete-unreleased-live.html

Hotcha said...

This upload made my month. I like all the recordings by Lester Young that I came across, but for me the holy grail are his live recordings. I never expected to find those, so a very big thank you!

alfred venison said...

thank you very much for this; both for the music & the carefully transcribed recording information. believe it or not this collection will be my introduction to lester young. my partner is excited for me. -cheers, a.v.

Blazzted said...

Where is download link?I may be slow.. Would love to hear this amazing collection..

ubu said...

look here:
http://ubu-space.blogspot.ch/2013/11/lester-young-complete-unreleased-live.html