August 29, 2009

BRING DA' NOISE:

Lester Young: 'The Prez' Still Rules At 100 (Tom Vitale, 8/27/09, NPR)

In the winter of 1959, French photographer Francois Postif interviewed Young in his Paris hotel room less than two months before the saxophonist died. The recording has been passed around from jazz fan to jazz fan.

In it, Young said that even though he became famous with the Count Basie Orchestra, he didn't like big bands.

"I don't like a whole lot of noise — trumpets and trombones," Young says in the recording. "I'm looking for something soft. It's got to be sweetness, man, you dig?"

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 29, 2009 8:01 AM
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