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Blue Lester: Complete Royal Roost Broadcasts (4569955)

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Blue Lester: Complete Royal Roost Broadcasts

Lester Young

Solar Records


SOL 144738




Blue Lester: Complete Royal Roost Broadcasts

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This release presents, for the first time ever on a single set, Lester Young’s complete broadcasts from the celebrated Royal Roost jazz club in New York, which were made during the period 1948-50. Lester performs on most of these tracks in a quintet format, including trumpeter Jesse Drakes and pianist Junior Mance, plus Kai Winding, Allen Eager and Ella Fitzgerald as guest stars on a couple of jam-session like tunes.

As a bonus, the soundtrack to a rare New York TV show featuring Lester (just the music survives), recorded in 1949 while the saxophonist was engaged at the Roost. As a further bonus, a superb quartet live set presenting Prez in Frankfurt in 1956.


LESTER YOUNG, tenor sax on all tracks, plus:

Collective Personnel:
Jesse Drakes (tp), Ted Kelly (tb), Allen Eager (ts),
Kai Winding, Jerry Eliott (tb), Junior Mance, Freddie Jefferson (p),
Ted Briscoe, Ray Brown (b), Roy Haynes, Buddy Rich (d), Ella Fitzgerald (vc),
among others.

Recorded live at the Royal Roost, New York, between November 1948 & March 1950.

Bonus Tracks
CD 2 [10-13]: Lester Young (ts), Will Bradley (tb on 10 & 13 only),
Mike Coluccio (p), Mary Osborne (g), Chubby Jackson (b),
Specs Powell (d), Babs Gonzales (vcl on 13 only). William B. Williams (MC).
“Adventures in Jazz” CBS-Telecast, New York, January 28, 1949.

CD 2 [14-18]: Lester Young (ts), Lars Werner (p), Al King (b)
Lex Humphries (d). Jazz Keller, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, November 9, 1956.

CD 1: Total Time: 74:27

01 Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid #1
02 Lester Leaps In #1
03 A Ghost Of A Chance #1
04 Just You, Just Me #1
05 Sweet Georgia Brown
06 How High The Moon #1- Into Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid #2
07 Be Bop Boogie #1
08 I’m Confessin’
09 I Cover The Waterfront #1
10 How High The Moon #2
11 Sunday #1
12 Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid #3
13 Be Bop Boogie #2
14 These Foolish Things #1
15 D.B. Blues #1
16 Just You, Just Me #2
17 Lester Leaps In #2
18 She’s Funny That Way
19 Lavender Blue #1
20 Tea For Two

CD 2: Total time: 75:02

01 Lavender Blue #2
02 A Ghost Of A Chance #2
03 Mean To Me
04 Sunday #2
05 I Cover The Waterfront #2
06 Be Bop Boogie #3
07 D.B. Blues #2
08 Just You, Just Me #3
09 Sunday #3
10 Robbin’s Nest
11 Lester Leaps In #3
12 A Ghost Of A Chance #3
13 Lover
14 Lester Leaps In #4
15 These Foolish Things #2
16 There Will Never Be - Another You
17 Lester’s European Blues
18 Lullaby Of Birland