Lester Leapt In: The legacy of Lester Koenig’s Contemporary Records lives on Photo: ©Ray Avery/CTSIMAGES. Used with permission. Craft Recordings has begun commemorating the Contemporary label’s 70th anniversary with their December release of six digital compilations of the imprint’s principal artists: drummer Shelly Manne, pianists Hampton Hawes and André Previn, guitarist Barney Kessel, saxophonist Art Pepper, and one titled The Saxophonists, featuring eight exemplary horn players (Harold You’ve reached a Premium article. To continue reading, please login or start a 3-MONTH TRIAL SUBSCRIPTION for just 99 cents/month. You’ll receive unlimited digital access plus a complimentary issue of our award-winning print magazine. Join Our Email Newsletter Join thousands of other jazz enthusiasts and get new music, artists, albums, events and more delivered to your inbox. Sign Up Now!