Boston 1950

Boston 1950

by Lester Young


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Uptown's 2013 release Boston 1950 features highlights from a series of concerts the great tenor saxophonist Lester Young gave at Boston's Hi-Hat between May 26 and June 11, 1950. He was performing with trumpeter Jesse Drakes, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Joe Schulman, and drummer Connie Kay. Lester was at one of his peaks during the late '40s and early '50s and these performances have an appealing blend of lively jump and warmth, qualities that are apparent even underneath the somewhat thin audio quality. Listen beyond those compressed sonics and you'll find thoroughly enjoyable, big-hearted hard bop that's something of a joy to hear. The CD concludes with two tracks from a 1953 date at the Hi-Hat where Young was playing once again with Kay and Drakes but pianist Horace Silver and bassist Franklin Skeete rounded out the band.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2013
Label: Uptown Jazz
UPC: 0026198277123
catalogNumber: 2771
Rank: 72730

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Young   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew   Piano
Horace Silver   Piano
Connie Kay   Drums
Steve Allison   Master of Ceremonies
Jesse Drakes   Trumpet
Franklin Skeete   Bass
Sid "Symphony Sid" Torrin   Master of Ceremonies
Joe Schulman   Bass

Technical Credits

Count Basie   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Lester Young   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Bob Porter   Liner Notes
Jule Styne   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Robert E. Sunenblick   Producer
Charles Carpenter   Composer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Robert Sour   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
Louis Dunlap   Composer
Bernie Krueger   Composer
Charles Daniels   Composer
James Hanley   Composer
Vinnie Haynes   Cover Photo

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