Genius on a Cheap Clarinet

Lester Young is recognized as one of the all-time great tenor saxophonists, and one of the all-around giants of jazz. But in this episode we take a look at another of his unique contributions, on an instrument—the clarinet—that he only played occasionally during a couple of years, but on which he also left an unparalleled legacy.

Playlist

Lester Young featured on clarinet on:
“Pagin’ the Devil”
“Countless Blues”
“I Want a Little Girl”
“Way Down Yonder in New Orleans”
“Blues with Helen”
“Them There Eyes”
“I Ain’t Got Nobody”
“Goin’ to Chicago”
“Texas Shuffle”
“The Very Thought of You”

Paul Desmond (alto) “Sacre Blues”
Lee Konitz (alto) “Blue Ballad”

Lester Young “I Want a Little Girl” alternate take

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Published June 22nd, 2019 by Bob Hecht

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