Lester Leaps In

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"Lester Leaps In"
Single by Count Basie's Kansas City Seven
Released 1939
Format 78 rpm
Recorded September 5, 1939, New York, NY
Genre Jazz
Length 3:12
Label Vocalion
Writer(s) Lester Young

"Lester Leaps In" is a jazz standard originally recorded by Count Basie's Kansas City Seven in 1939.[1] The composition, credited to the group's tenor saxophone player Lester Young, is a head arrangement based on the chord progression of "I Got Rhythm", and serves as a vehicle for interweaving solos by Young and Basie.

Critical acclaim[edit]

  • "Lester Leaps In" is listed among the Milestone Recordings in American Music at the Three Perfect Minutes site.[2]
  • jazz.com gives "Lester Leaps In" a 98, on a scale of 100 – "Classic performance. A 'must have' for jazz fans."[3]

Personnel (original 1939 recording)[edit]