Lester Leaps In

James Carter

Newport Jazz Festival, 1996

Saxophonist James Carter performs the Lester Young standard “Lester Leaps In” at the 1996 Newport Jazz Festival.

The tune, which uses the famous “I Got Rhythm” chord changes, was first recorded by Count Basie’s Kansas City Seven in 1939. Carter and special guest Javan Jackson due Prez justice with a series of fiery solos.


James Carter – tenor sax
Javan Jackson – tenor sax
Craig Taborn – piano
Jaribu Shahid – bass
Tani Tabbal – drums