22 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pairing jazz’s premier bandleader with one of the most original tenor saxophonists of the time, Count Basie and Lester Young embarked on an epic partnership that would shape big band music forever. On these restored and remastered recordings, culled from original radio broadcasts from 1938-1940, the world can now experience the flowing rhythm section and improvised solos that would break Count Basie in New York and elevate Lester Young as a key influence to the next generation of greats that included John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pairing jazz’s premier bandleader with one of the most original tenor saxophonists of the time, Count Basie and Lester Young embarked on an epic partnership that would shape big band music forever. On these restored and remastered recordings, culled from original radio broadcasts from 1938-1940, the world can now experience the flowing rhythm section and improvised solos that would break Count Basie in New York and elevate Lester Young as a key influence to the next generation of greats that included John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon.

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Buddy Bolden ,

A Must for Basie Fans

The second release from the legendary Savory Collection is even more exciting than the first. These recordings capture the classic "Old Testament" Basie band at the height of its greatness, with crisp, elegantly swinging performances that crackle with energy and creativity. Lester Young, in particular, is in brilliant form, but all the soloists sound fantastic, and the ensemble work is consistently flawless; it's uncanny how tightly these guys could play together while making music that sounds relaxed, effortless, and joyful.

The audio quality is also remarkable, especially given the age of the recordings and the circumstances under which they were made. Yes, there is some surface noise and such, but the sound is warm, detailed, and lively, with impressive presence and dynamics.

More By The Count Basie Orchestra

You May Also Like