On the subject of Lester Young: Where are the Lester Young's / Ben Webster's / Coleman Hawkins / Dexter Gordon's / Stan Getz's today? Very few of the guy's today who play sax or guitar have very little to say (musically). They may have great technique but there it ends. Those guys from the 'old school' said it all. We will be listening to those guys forever.
They're out there. The mainstream is not like it was, of course, but whenever a person gets into "Jazz", they've listened to these guys, and finding their own voices. The tv spots, and new recordings, are long gone, but they're out there.
I know, right. There is only one bar that I know of that still has an organ trio house band on Friday and Saturday nights. (Bob and Barbara’s). These guys were unbelievable…The Crowd Pleasers. They were in their 70’s when I first started going to see them about 15 years ago. They have died off and been replaced…not sure if there are any of the original guys left, it’s a couple years since I stopped in there. They aren't the same but they still have that B3-heavy sound.
One more clip.....Sonny on Lester......Sonny says....Lester's trajectory was straight up for the whole period of his life. A lot of people thought that Lester's music fell off in the late years, but this can't be true. His soul just changed.... from years of what he went through....and that my friends is what Jazz is all about.