To play in a rhythm section with Lester Young had to be one of the most joyful experiences for any member of that fortunate section because, when he decided to really get into the tune, he would start playing some of those beautiful, long marvelous-shaped lines that would stretch from one part of the tune to the other. And, when he played like this, there was no way possible for you to escape playing well for him.
Lester, in short, had this remarkable ability to transmit beauty from within himself to the rhythm section. Whenever we played up tunes, he’d step to the microphone, raise the horn to that peculiar angle at which he always held it, and play some lines that were so relaxed that, even at a swift tempo, the rhythm section would relax. ~ Oscar Peterson
Here is a Lester Young video where you get to hear him speak a bit: ”a little ticky boom-one stick,ya dig.”
What could be better on a cool, wet Monday morning?