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The bulk of the Lester Young's studio recordings brought together by Verve comes from the last decade of his life (1949-59) when he was declining physically (he suffered from severe depression and was drinking heavily) and musically although still capable of improvising impressively, playing beautiful solos exhibiting his world-weariness. In these Studio Sessions he appears with a trio including Nat Cole and Buddy Rich (1946), then in quartets, quintets, and sextets with collective personnel that includes trumpeters Jesse Drakes, Harry Edison, and Roy Eldridge, trombonist Vic Dickenson, and pianists Hank Jones, John Lewis, and Teddy Wilson and concluding with a 1959 Paris session that proved to be Young's last. Since 1940 his style had evolved towards slower tempi like blues, ballads. If his last solos are less inventive, they are strangely moving.

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1
Back To The Land
00:03:56

Buddy Rich, MainArtist - Nat King Cole, MainArtist - Billy Strayhorn, MainArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1947 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I Cover The Waterfront (12" Version)
00:03:50

Edward Heyman, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, MainArtist - Nat King Cole, MainArtist - Johnny Green, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
I Cover The Waterfront (Master Take)
00:04:04

Edward Heyman, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat King Cole, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Green, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Somebody Loves Me
00:03:53

George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat King Cole, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Buddy DeSylva, ComposerLyricist - BALLARD MACDONALD, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I've Found A New Baby
00:04:05

Spencer Williams, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat King Cole, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jack Palmer, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
The Man I Love
00:04:50

George Gershwin, Composer - Ira Gershwin, Author - Buddy Rich, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat King Cole, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Peg O' My Heart
00:04:04

Fred Fisher, ComposerLyricist - Nat King Cole, MainArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist - ALFRED BRYAN, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
I Want To Be Happy
00:03:57

Vincent Youmans, Composer - Irving Caesar, Author - Buddy Rich, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Nat King Cole, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Otto Harbach, Author - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1947 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Mean To Me
00:04:12

Buddy Rich, FeaturedArtist - Nat King Cole, FeaturedArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Roy Turk, ComposerLyricist - Fred E. Ahlert, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1946 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Too Marvelous For Words (78 RPM Take)
00:03:00

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Richard A. Whiting, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1949 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Too Marvelous For Words (Master Take)
00:03:00

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Richard A. Whiting, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
'Deed I Do
00:03:17

Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - FRED ROSE, ComposerLyricist - Walter Hirsch, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Encore
00:03:10

Abel Green, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Al Stillman, ComposerLyricist - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Polka Dots And Moonbeams
00:03:40

Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Up 'N' Adam
00:03:49

Buddy Rich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Jones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1949 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Three Little Words
00:03:19

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Bert Kalmar, ComposerLyricist - Harry Ruby, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1950 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Count Every Star (Master Take)
00:03:01

Bruno Coquatrix, ComposerLyricist - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Sammy Gallop, ComposerLyricist - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1950 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Count Every Star
00:03:12

Bruno Coquatrix, ComposerLyricist - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Sammy Gallop, ComposerLyricist - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1999 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
It All Depends On You
00:03:23

Ray Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Lew Brown, ComposerLyricist - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Buddy DeSylva, ComposerLyricist - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1950 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Neenah (Alternate Take)
00:03:09

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1999 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Neenah (Alternate Take 2)
00:02:17

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1999 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Neenah (Alternate Take 3)
00:03:26

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1950 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
Jeepers, Creepers
00:03:07

David Wilder, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Mercer, Author - Harry Warren, Composer - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Clark, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Shulman, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Nikki Yanofsky, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1950 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Thou Swell (U.S.A. 78-RPM Take)
00:02:55

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Thou Swell (Canada 78-RPM Take)
00:02:57

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
September In The Rain
00:03:08

AL DUBIN, Author - Harry Warren, Composer - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Undercover Girl Blues
00:02:44

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Frenesi
00:03:01

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Borras Alberto Dominguez, ComposerLyricist - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Pete's Cafe
00:03:36

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Little Pee Blues
00:02:41

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
A Foggy Day
00:02:52

George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
In A Little Spanish Town
00:03:14

Sam M. Lewis, ComposerLyricist - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Joseph Young, ComposerLyricist - Mabel Wayne, Composer - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Young, Author - Aden G. Lewis, Author - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Let's Fall In Love
00:02:57

Harold Arlen, Composer - Ted Koehler, Author - John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Down 'N' Adam
00:02:57

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Lester Swings
00:02:33

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Slow Motion Blues
00:02:58

John Lewis, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jo Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1951 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Ad Lib Blues
00:05:52

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Just You, Just Me
00:07:39

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Raymond Klages, Author - Jesse Greer, Composer - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Tea For Two
00:07:45

Vincent Youmans, Composer - Irving Caesar, Author - Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Peterson, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Indiana
00:07:03

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist - BALLARD MACDONALD, ComposerLyricist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Jerome Hanley, ComposerLyricist - James Frederick Hanley, ComposerLyricist

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
These Foolish Things
00:03:27

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Jack Strachey, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Holt Marvell, ComposerLyricist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
I Can't Get Started
00:04:30

Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Vernon Duke, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Oscar Peterson, MainArtist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Stardust
00:03:38

Mitchell Parish, ComposerLyricist - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, ComposerLyricist - Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
(It Takes) Two To Tango
00:06:06

Al Hoffman, ComposerLyricist - Dick Manning, ComposerLyricist - Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1952 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
00:03:27

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dorothy Fields, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Jimmy McHugh, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Nikki Yanofsky, Arranger, Work Arranger - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Rob Fahie, Arranger, Adapter, Work Arranger - Robert Goldfarb, Arranger, Work Arranger - John Sadowy, Arranger, Work Arranger - Geoff Lang, Arranger, Work Arranger

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Almost Like Being In Love
00:03:33

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Frederick Loewe, Composer - Alan Jay Lerner, Author - Lester Young, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
00:03:23

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dorothy Fields, ComposerLyricist - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Jimmy McHugh, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1952 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
There Will Never Be Another You
00:03:29

Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Warren, Composer - Mack Gordon, Author - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Lester Young, MainArtist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

A Verve Label Group Release; ℗ 1952 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I'm Confessin'
00:03:44

Don Dougherty, ComposerLyricist - Barney Kessel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Ellis Reynolds, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Al Neiburg, ComposerLyricist - J.C. Heard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer - Al Nieburg, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1952 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Willow Weep For Me
00:03:09

Gildo Mahones, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Connie Kay, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ann Ronell, ComposerLyricist - Lester Young, MainArtist - Jesse Drakes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Ramey, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1953 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The bulk of the Lester Young's studio recordings brought together by Verve comes from the last decade of his life (1949-59) when he was declining physically (he suffered from severe depression and was drinking heavily) and musically although still capable of improvising impressively, playing beautiful solos exhibiting his world-weariness. In these Studio Sessions he appears with a trio including Nat Cole and Buddy Rich (1946), then in quartets, quintets, and sextets with collective personnel that includes trumpeters Jesse Drakes, Harry Edison, and Roy Eldridge, trombonist Vic Dickenson, and pianists Hank Jones, John Lewis, and Teddy Wilson and concluding with a 1959 Paris session that proved to be Young's last. Since 1940 his style had evolved towards slower tempi like blues, ballads. If his last solos are less inventive, they are strangely moving.

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