Lester Young – The Jazz Giants ’56 (Full Album)

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The Jazz Giants ’56 is an album by saxophonist Lester Young, first issued in 1956 on Verve Records.

AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow:
Even critics who feel (against the recorded evidence to the contrary) that little of tenor saxophonist Lester Young’s postwar playing is at the level of his earlier performances make an exception for this session. Young was clearly inspired by the other musicians (trumpeter Roy Eldridge, trombonist Vic Dickenson, pianist Teddy Wilson, guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Gene Ramey, and drummer Jo Jones), who together made for a very potent band of swing all-stars. The five songs on this album include some memorable renditions of ballads and a fine version of “You Can Depend on Me,” but it is the explosive joy of the fiery “Gigantic Blues” that takes honors. This set, a real gem, is highly recommended.

Track Listing:
I Guess I’ll Have To Change My Plan” (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz) – 9:35
I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 10:06
Gigantic Blues” (Lester Young) – 6:54
This Year’s Kisses” (Irving Berlin) – 6:49
You Can Depend on Me” (Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap, Earl Hines) – 9:06

Personnel:
Lester Young – tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge – trumpet
Vic Dickenson – trombone
Teddy Wilson – piano
Freddie Green – guitar
Gene Ramey – bass
Jo Jones – drums

Released: 1956
Recorded: January 12, 1956
Fine Sound Studios, New York City
Length: 42:30
Label: Verve
MGN 1056
Producer: Norman Granz

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