Definitive's Lester Dreams is a portrait of Lester Young that samples his collaborations with Count Basie in both small and big band settings, beginning with Prez's very first appearance in a recording studio (October 9, 1936) and including his marvelous "Savoy" session of May 1, 1944. This wonderful little album ends with an "Ad Lib Blues" played by Benny Goodman's Septet, a predominately African-American ensemble caught in rehearsal inside of a Columbia recording studio in New York on October 28, 1940. This hot little group consisted of Goodman, Young, Basie, Buck Clayton, Charlie Christian, Walter Page and Jo Jones. Their "Ad Lib Blues" should not be confused with the more famous "Ad Lib Blues," collectively improvised by Lester Young and the Oscar Peterson Trio at a session produced by Norman Granz on August 4, 1952. Definitive's Lester Dreams may serve as an accurate portrait of Lester Young in his prime.
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