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

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