Lester Young: I Want a Little Girl
I Want A Little Girl
Lester Young (clarinet)
The "Kansas City" Sessions (Commodore CMD-402)
Composed by Billy Moll & Murray Mencher.
Recorded: New York, September 28, 1938.
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Setting aside his tenor sax, Lester Young switches to his beloved but dilapidated metal clarinet. Upon seeing this pitiful instrument, Benny Goodman gave Pres one of his own fine wooden clarinets. After a polite interval, Lester pawned it. Here his gentle metal ideally complements Buck Clayton's cup-muted trumpet, despite the clunky Swing Era rhythm section, inventing cool jazz long before anyone thought of the term. Eventually a thief made off with Lester's precious metal, and Pres searched in vain for one just like it. How disappointed the culprit must've been! Only Lester Young could coax such glorious sounds out of scrap.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz