One of the most versatile and durable of modern pianists. An outstanding accompanist of singers, as evidenced by his years backing Ella Fitzgerald (’48–’53). Recorded voluminously as a leader and with such major figures as Coleman Hawkins, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, and Ben Webster. Continued recording significant music well into his seventies (for example Steal Away, a duet album with Charlie Haden in ’94).
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Excerpted from The Complete Lester Young Studio Sessions on Verve