Verve has a best of Lester Young CD out that is just kicking. I do not understand why more saxophonists are not blown away by him. I used to think old school jazz player, I should listen more but was not into him. When I slowed down a Charlie parker tune on my tenor, all of a sudden a light bulb went off and the connection was made.
I really wish that more saxophonists that sacrifice phrasing for a denser tone would listen to Lester Young and hear what they are missing. In the history of tenor sax there is Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Breaker, and a few more. Lester Young falls outside most peoples frame of reference. Everyone else is considered. What gives? He is more than a footnote to Charlie Parker. He looms over all saxophonists and jazz musicians. Only a select few can be considered in the same league.
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