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Larry Kart

Sublime Lester Young (probably new to many of us)

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By way of Loren Schoenberg's Lester Young blog, from a 1940 broadcast:

 

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Thanks for posting the link. So this is one of the items from the Savory collection?

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Prez: one of the greatest and most influential jazz men ever...goes without saying.

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Thanks for posting the link. So this is one of the items from the Savory collection?

No -- Loren said it was issued by Jerry Valburn "many moons ago."

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Thanks for posting the link. So this is one of the items from the Savory collection?

No -- Loren said it was issued by Jerry Valburn "many moons ago."

So this was on one of those JAZZ ARCHIVE LPs?

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Thanks for posting the link. So this is one of the items from the Savory collection?

No -- Loren said it was issued by Jerry Valburn "many moons ago."

So this was on one of those JAZZ ARCHIVE LPs?

I'll try to find out.

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The Valburn album, says Loren, "was called '1940' and has air checks of Armstrong, Andy Kirk and others."

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Ha, got it! (Thanks for the info on the LP title)

It's on Everybodys EV-3006 (released 1985, liner notes by F. Driggs).

Titled "1940 - The Bands of Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Andy Kirk, and Jimmy Lunceford". This tune recorded March 1st, 1940.

The LP does not have the few initial announcer's words before the opening notes, though, so the Youtube source is no needledrop, it seems.

 

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I found it. It's on Jerry Valburn's Everybody's label - catalogue number EV-3006. There are six selection by Basie's 1940 band, all recorded in March of that year. There are also three pieces by Louis'  big band, three by Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy, and two by Jimmie Lunceford.

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The Columbia version is another masterpiece, including the same Basie solo and Young's parody of the theme.

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"...when I first came to New York, ya know, I got a lot of boos because I didn't play like Coleman Hawkins? I used to do a lot of teardrops behind that..."

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Here's that Al Hibbler record he was talking about:

 

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I just listened to the Everybody's LP, and want to point out that there's another unusual, magnificent tenor solo on the album. On the Andy Kirk Orchestra's aircheck of "Marcheta," Don Byas plays a very harmonically wild swing-to-bop solo that really knocks me out.

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By "Loren Schoenberg's Lester Young blog," do you mean his Facebook page for Lester Young Appreciation Society  or is there another site that's a blog? (  I did try finding it via Google.)  

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