Lester Young and Charlie Christian 1939 -1940

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Despite the billing, the majority of this LP features the Count Basie orchestra during 1939-40 with a generous amount of solo space given to the great Lester Young; Harry Edison, Buddy Tate and Buck Clayton also have their spots during these high-quality performances. Actually, the most interesting selections are taken from a rehearsal during which Basie, Young, Clayton and Count’s rhythm section collaborated with Benny Goodman and guitarist Charlie Christian. The performances look toward bop and cool jazz while being the epitome of small-group swing. (Scott Yanow/AllMusic).


00:09 Swingin’ The Blues (c)
04:20 Time Out (e)
07:18 Roseland Shuffle (d)
09:27 Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me (b) (vocal:Helen Humes)
12:27 Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie (b)
15:59 Louisiana (f)
18:32 Green Bay (f)
20:09 Memories Of You (a1)

23:01 AC DC Current (a2)
25:09 Till Tom Special (a3)
27:40 Ad-Lib Blues (a4)
34:27 Charlie’s Dream (a4)
37:41 Wholly Cats (a4)
41:00 Lester’s Dream (a4)

(a) Benny Goodman Sextet :
Benny Goodman (cl),Lionel Hampton (vib),Fletcher Henderson (p),
Charlie Christian (g),Artie Bernstein (b), Nick Fatool (dr)
october 23,1939 (a1)
decemer 2 ,1939 (a2)
december 31, 1939 (a3)
october 28,1940 (a4)

(b) Count Basie Orchestra
Count Basie (p),Ed Lewis,Buck Clayton,Harry Edison,Shad Collins (tp)
Dan Minor,Benny Morton (tb),Earl Warren (as),Lester Young,Buddy Tate (ts)
Jack Washington (bar),Freddie Greene (g),Walter Page (b),Jo Jones (dr)
summer 1939

(c) Morton,Young,Clayton.Tate,Edison,Jones
summer 1939

(d) Young and Basie
summer 1939

(e) Young,Clayton,Young,Basie ,Young
summer 1939

(f) Al Killian (tp) replaces Collins; Vic Dickenson (tb) replaces Morton
march 7, 1940


Label: Jazz Archives ‎– JA-42
Format: Vinyl, LP, compilation, mono, gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1978