• Lester Young

Today is the 100th anniversary of Lester Young‘s birth. I’m not going to take up your time telling you who he was or why you should care—chances are you already know and already do, or else there’s no persuading you. What I am going to tell you to do is look at this exhaustive and engrossing tribute to Young by Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson. If there is even one bone in your body that loves jazz, you owe it to yourself to get through at least the first chapter, where Iverson is listening to some of Pres’s classic pre-1941 solos with Lee Konitz—the solos are transcribed too, so you can marvel at their construction even after the notes are done sashaying past.