Journals Higher Education

$27.95

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18 October 2007

192 Pages | 14 halftones

ISBN: 9780195334777


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Being Prez

The Life and Music of Lester Young

Dave Gelly

In Being Prez, renowned British critic Dave Gelly follows Lester Young through his life in a rapidly changing world, showing how the music of this exceptionally sensitive man was shaped by his experiences. The reader meets a complicated, vulnerable, gentle individual who was brought up in his fathers traveling carnival band. Gelly, himself a jazz saxophonist, examines many of Lester's classic recordings in illuminating detail. He reveals how as a saxophonist--and as major contributor to the Count Basie band--Young created a strong personal voice, a cool modernism, and a new rhythmic flexibility in the freely dancing rhythms of 4-beat swing.

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