Selections From Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young & Milt Jackson Quartet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Los Angeles, CA:  Savoy Jazz, the iconic jazz label dating back to the beginnings of bebop, will continue their series of high quality vinyl reissues with three classic titles from their catalog to be released on Record Store Day 2016.   The reissues include Dizzy Gillespie “The Champ,” Lester Young “Blue Lester” and Milt Jackson Quartet “The Quartet.”  Record Store Day falls on Saturday, April 16th and the reissues will be released on Friday, April 15th.

SVY 16068 Dizyy Gillespie “The Champ”
Savoy’s LP reissue of Dizzy Gillespie’s ground breaking be bop album. A collection of small-group recordings from 1951-52.  Guests include Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Stuff Smith and some of the earliest sessions by John Coltrane.

Side 1
1. The Champ (Parts 1 & 2)
2. Birk's Works
3. Caravan
4. Time on My Hands
5. On the Sunny Side of the Street

Side 2

1. Tin Tin Deo
2. Star Dust
3. They Can't Take That Away from Me
4. The Bluest Blues
5. Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
6. Oo-Shoo-Be-Doo-Be

SVY 16069 Lester Young “Blue Lester”
Classic LP featured the tenor master at his peak includes the title track which would later become his lifelong theme song. Recordings from 1944 and 1949 with guests including Roy Hanes, Johnny Guarnieri, Jesse Drakes, Cozy Cole, Freddie Green and Count Basie.

Side 1

1. Ghost of a Chance
2. Crazy Over J-Z (Jazz)
3. Ding Dong
4. Back Home in Indiana
5. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You
6. Exercise in Swing

Side 2

1. Blues 'N Bells
2. Salute to Fats
3.  June Bug
4. Blue Lester
5. Jump, Lester, Jump
6. Basie English

SVY 16070 Milt Jackson Quartet “The Quartet”
Savoy’s LP reissue of the historic album with recordings from 1951 and 1952 that heralded the forming of The Modern Jazz Quartet.  Spawned the 30 year careers of Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, John Lewis and Kenny Clarke together in jazz’ inimitable swinging quartet.

Side 1

1. Softly As in a Morning Sunrise
2. Love Me, Pretty Baby
3. Autumn Breeze
4. Milt Meets Sid
5. Moving Nicely
6. D & E

Side 2

1. Heart and Soul
2. True Blues
3. Bluesology
4. Yesterdays
5. Round About Midnight
6. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

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