Jazz! Count Basie & Lester Young

I’ve been listening to a lot of music in the last few weeks. I just got this Mosiac set last week, and I’m really enjoying it!

Classic 1936-1947 Count Basie & Lester Young Studio Sessions (#263), Mosaic Records Limited Edition Box Set: 5,000 copies – 8 CDs

“Here is the Basie band just a month after arriving in New York, and they are already bringing something radically new to the table: a flowing rhythm section and an emphasis on improvised solos, the likes of which had never been heard in New York before.” – Loren Schoenberg Session Notes for January 21, 1937

Sweet sounds from the early days of jazz (as opposed to Dixieland, Big Band or Swing) that’s well worth a listen! If you’re a jazz fan and like this kind of jazz, hurry, this set is almost sold out.

Do you listen to jazz? Have you been listening to music lately?

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19 Responses to Jazz! Count Basie & Lester Young

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    I love jazz! What a great idea to focus on that form of music in this post. And, of course, Count Basie was one of the best ever. Thanks for the reminder…

  2. Steven A Oerkfitz says:

    I respect jazz but am not much of a fan. I have some Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Mingus. I do hate smooth jazz though which is just elevator music.
    I have been going through my cd’s and playing a lot of stuff I haven’t listened to for awhile. Lucinda Williams, Stan Ridgway, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Elvis Costello, Traffic, Kinks. And some John Prine who just passed away from the coronavirus.

    • Those are good people you name, Steve, both jazz and rock. I was a big fan of QSM back in the day, and Traffic, Kinks and to a lesser extent Costello. Keep listening, music is good for the soul.

  3. tracybham says:

    That looks like a lot of listening in that set. I am not much of a fan of jazz, but I don’t listen to music that much anyway. My husband likes jazz from the twenties, has lots of cd’s from that time period, and is more into music in general than I am.

  4. Cap'n Bob Napier says:

    I like certain compositions but I don’t follow it at all. I just stumble over it once in a while. Before he became a classical music impresario, Art Scott was a big jazz nut.

  5. Patti Abbott says:

    Phil was the music listener but mostly classical and class rock with him. I listen to words more than music: podcasts, audiobooks, etc. With the tinnitus I have, it isn’t always as pleasurable. I do like live music though. Especially jazz in that case.

  6. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I am not a jazz expert, though I like a lot of what I know. I like a lot of the ’30s era stuff – Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and the New Orleans sound, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hmpton, etc. After WWII, my father used to go to the clubs on 52nd Street in Manhattan to see the greats perform.

    We’ve been listening to Broadway musicals, ’50s and early ’60s rock & roll, The Mavericks, plus yesterday I started pulling CDs off the first shelf (As and Bs) and playing them almost at random – Marc Anthony (a favorite of Jackie’s), The Beatles, Buffalo Springfield, Buckwheat Zydeco, Beach Boys, Bee Gees, Chuck Berry, ABBA.

    • A lot of people say that about jazz, they just know what they like, Jeff. Your tastes are a little earlier in the jazz timeline. I do like big band, but this small group jazz, moving toward bop, and then hard bop, are my favorites.

      • Jeff Meyerson says:

        FRankly, I prefer blues and soul, but I have eclectic taste in music (as in most things) and will give a try to most things, other than rap and hip hop.

        I have always liked Stan Getz.

        • I like both blues and soul too, but of late it’s been jazz and classical that carries me along through stressful times. I have several Getz CDs, including the Bossa nova ones he did with Carlos Jobim and Astrid Gilberto.

  7. I’m listening to one or two music CDs every day. I’m not a big Jazz fan–I do listen to Miles Davis–but I do love Smooth Jazz. Sometimes I’m in the mood for elevator music. And, I love compilation CDs of 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s rock & roll, soul, and disco. The pile of Classical music is calling my name.

  8. Todd Mason says:

    I love various the kinds of jazz, least interested in certain kinds of fusion (fuzak is even more background music than the better smooth jazz), but liking the more adventurous fusion (Weather Report and Return to Forever onward…despite the latter’s unfortunate connections to a certain cult…Lee Konitz as well). Jazz rock from the Zombies, the Animals, the Yardbirds and the Byrds and Fairport Convention onward…certainly Pentangle…few kinds of music (or literature) leave me cold, and third stream music through the generations might still be my favorite.

    That does sound like a lovely Mosaic set, typical for them. The small batches thing seems unnecessary, though.

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