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The Modernist Style of Lester Young

Pres, in his famous interview with François Positif, states that what he was playing now was modern – that he didn’t want to play like he was playing when he was with Count Basie in the 1930s. It’s unfortunate that except for the Una Mae Carlisle session for Bluebird in 1941, we do not have much in the way of recorded examples of the small groups Lester Young led after he left Count Basie in 1940. Fortunately, this rare WNYC remote broadcast exists of Jazz University of the Air hosted by Ralph Burton.

-Scott Wenzel


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The Very Thought of You; a list of classic love songs for those in love [listen]

The Very Thought of You, Nat King Cole / You Make Me Feel So Young, Frank Sinatra / The Man I Love, Ella Fitzgerald / East of the Sun (And West of the Moon), Billie Holiday / I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Fats Waller & Una Mae Carlisle / Misty, Sarah Vaughan / I Want to Be Loved, Nancy Wilson / A Kiss to Build A Dream On, Louis Armstrong / How Long Has This Been Going On, Dorothy Dandridge / I Thought About You, Billie Holiday

i’ll be seeing you | in all the old familiar places 

[L I S T E N]

dedicated to @roboticonography for the steggy secret santa exchage! 

i. peg o’ my heart - wee three trio | ii. i’ll be seeing you - billie holiday | iii. let’s do it (let’s fall in love) - paul whiteman & his orchestra | iv. dream a little dream of me - ella fitzgerald & louis armstrong | v. (i love you) for sentimental reasions - nat king cole | vi. all this is heaven too - frank sinatra | vii. at last  - glenn miller | viii. song of india, 1937 - tommy dorsey & his orchestra | xi.  taking a chance on love - lenoir sax | x.  blue champagne - jimmy dorsey | xi. blues in the night - woody herman | xii.  moonlight serenade - glenn miller | xiii. now i lay me down to dream - una mae carlise | xiv. only forever - bing crosby | xv. it’s been a long, long time - harry james & his orchestra | xvi. i’ll never smile again - frank sinatra | xvii. we’ll meet again  - vera lynn

That reminds me, I would love to see these songs in 4:

What songs would you like to see used in 4?