But these constitute only 68 of the mammoth sets 173 tracks. The rest of the box comprises the Jones-Smith session; the famous Kansas City Six and Seven (more small-group Basie/Young) dates of 1938 and 1944; the Basie trio records issued as Basie at the Piano; several scattered Young freelance dates, including work with Benny Goodman, Una Mae Carlisle, Sam Price and Dicky Wells; and more than 50 tracks under Youngs own name, leading various ensembles between 1942 and 1947.The music is canonical, and the remastering is as bright and clean as 80-year-old recordings can be. These, too, include the alternate takes, and again there are a handful of unheard ones-namely, three of the four tunes from the Jones-Smith date. The previously released Lady Be Good from that day is one of Youngs most heralded solos, an example of how much brawn he could flex within that nonchalance. The alternate is equally revelatory, not as lean in its phrasing but every bit as steeped in lyricism and rhythmic horsepower, even as each note still floats away. As always, Mosaics production is superlative. The music-parsing liner notes by Loren Schoenberg are sharp-eared and insightful. The sequencing, though, is a mess. Why start with Jones-Smith, fill the first disc with freelance odds and ends from years later, then go back to the beginning of the Basie Orchestra sides and continue chronologically from there? It doesnt leave the Basie or the solo Young sides uninterrupted; both have Kansas City Six cuts, among others, coming in the middle. The item "COUNT BASIE & LESTER YOUNG MOSAIC CLASSIC STUDIO SESSIONS 1936-1947 BOX SET" is in sale since Friday, March 26, 2021. This item is in the category "Music\CDs".
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