Lester Young excelled with Count Basie and in partnership with Billie Holiday but it’s often alleged that his solo work after he left the army, and especially after 1950 wasn’t up to his previous exceptionally high standards.
Is that true?
We have a few early live recordings from Count Basie in the period before the Second World War but his live solo recordings are after 1945.
What Are The Best Live Albums By Lester Young?
I have started a readers poll for you to cast you votes and to help find the best Lester Young live albums? Will there be one or two recordings that are identified as essential by many people or will votes be well spread out?
What Are The Best Live Jazz Albums Of All Time?
Please vote in my poll to find the best live jazz albums. While you may not have heard all of them, I see a vote as a recommendation to other readers.
What great live jazz albums have I missed?
You can see the complete list of readers polls at Live Album Polls.
Live Album Polls For The Great Jazz Artists
I have polls for the following artists: – Louis Armstrong – Count Basie – John Coltrane – Miles Davis – Eric Dolphy – Duke Ellington – Dizzy Gillespie – Billie Holiday – Charles Mingus – Thelonious Monk – Charlie Parker – Lester Young –