Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson {Verve} “Master Edition”


Review by Stephen Cook (allmusic.com)

Another fine Webster release on Verve that sees the tenor great once again backed by the deluxe Oscar Peterson Trio. In keeping with the high standard of their Soulville collaboration of two years prior, Webster and the trio — Peterson is joined by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen — use this 1959 date to conduct a clinic in ballad playing. And while Soulville certainly ranks as one of the tenor saxophonist’s best discs, the Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson set gets even higher marks for its almost transcendent marriage of after-hours elegance and effortless mid-tempo swing — none of Webster’s boogie-woogie piano work to break up the mood here. Besides reinvigorating such lithe strollers as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (nice bass work by Brown here) and “This Can’t Be Love,” Webster and company achieve classic status for their interpretation of the Sinatra gem “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.” And to reassure Peterson fans worried about scant solo time for their hero, the pianist lays down a healthy number of extended runs, unobtrusively shadowing Webster’s vaporous tone and supple phrasing along the way. Not only a definite first-disc choice for Webster newcomers, but one of the jazz legend’s all-time great records.

Tracks:
01 – The Touch of Your Lips
02 – When Your Lover has Gone
03 – Bye-bye, Blackbird
04 – How Deep Is the Ocean?
05 – In the Wee, Small Hours of the Morning
06 – Sunday
07 – This Can’t Be Love

Personnel:
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Oscar Peterson – piano
Ray Brown – bass
Ed Thigpen – drums

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Ben Webster – Days of Wine and Roses {JazzLife}


Tracks:
01 – Days of Wine and Roses
02 – Blue Light
03 – Stompy Jones
04 – Pound Horn
05 – For Max
06 – Brother John’s Blues
07 – Nancy (with the Laughing Face)
08 – Duke’s in Bed
09 – What’s I’m Gotchere
10 – My Romance
11 – Bill Coleman

Personnel:
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Arnved Meyer – trumpet
Bill Coleman – trumpet, flugelhorn
John Darville – trombone
Ole Kongsted – tenor saxophone
Niels Jorgen Steen, Fred Hunt – piano
Jim Douglas – guitar
Hendrik Hartmann, Ron Rae – bass
Hans Hymand, Lennie Hastings – drums

Recorded at Metronome Studios, Copenhagen, September 1965; and
at Olympic Studios, London, 27th April 1967

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Ben Webster – See You at The Fair {impulse!} “Analogue Productions”


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Ben Webster’s final American recording was one of his greatest. At 55, the tenor saxophonist was still very much in his prime but considered out of style in the U.S. He would soon permanently move to Europe where he was better appreciated. This CD has the nine selections originally included on the LP of the same name, a quartet set with either Hank Jones or Roger Kellaway on piano, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Osie Johnson. Webster’s tone has rarely sounded more beautiful than on “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay.” In addition, one song from the same session (but originally released on a sampler) and two tunes featuring Webster on an Oliver Nelson date (More Blues and the Abstract Truth) wrap up this definitive CD.

Tracks:
01 – See You at The Fair
02 – Over the Rainbow
03 – Our Love ‘s Here to Stay
04 – In a Mellow Tone
05 – Lullaby of Jazzland
06 – Stardust
07 – Fall of Love
08 – While We’re Dancing
09 – Someone to Watch Over Me

Personnel:
Ben Webster – tenor sax
Hank Jones – piano
Roger Kellaway – piano and harpsichord
Richard Davis – bass
Osie Johnson – drums

Recorded March 11 and 25, 1964.

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Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster {Verve}[MFSL]


Review by Cub Koda (allmusic.com)

The swing and bop start right here on this legendary 1959 session between baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and tenor man Ben Webster. The opening track, Billy Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge,” is lush and emotional and truly sets the tone for this album. With Jimmy Rowles on piano (his intro on “Sunday” sounds like a ragtimer like Willie “The Lion” Smith just pushed him off the stool before the band came in), Mel Lewis on drums, and always superb Leroy Vinnegar on bass present and accounted for, the rhythm section is superbly swinging with just the right amount of bop lines and chords in the mix to spice things up. The ghost of Duke Ellington hovers over every note on this record (Billy Strayhorn was one of his main arrangers), and that is a very good thing indeed. There’s a beautiful understated quality to the music on this session that makes it the perfect “relaxing around the house on a rainy day” disc to pop in the player. File this one under cool, very smooth, and supple.

Tracks:
01 – Chelsea Bridge.flac
02 – The Cat Walk.flac
03 – Sunday.flac
04 – Who’s Got Rhythm_.flac
05 – Tell me When.flac
06 – Go Home.flac

Personnel:
Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Jimmy Rowles – piano
Mel Lewis – drums
Leroy Vinnegar – bass

Recorded Nov. 3 / Dec. 2, 1959 at Radio Recorders, LA.

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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster {Verve} “Originals”


Review from cduniverse.com

“Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster” highlights the talents of both tenor men nicely, with Hawkins and Webster consistently complementing each other’s playing. In fact, they develop a kind of conversational interplay that is quite beautiful, particularly on the gentle “It Never Entered My Mind” and the slowly swinging “Shine on Harvest Moon.” Although the rest of the band consists of stellar musicians (including pianist Oscar Peterson and guitarist Herb Ellis), they concede the spotlight to Hawkins and Webster, whose dual saxophones more than carry the record. Other standout tracks include the sultry ballad “Tangerine” and the Latin-flavored “La Rosita.”

Tracks:
01 – Blues for Yolande (stereo)
02 – It Never Entered My Mind
03 – La Rosita
04 – You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
05 – Prisoner of Love
06 – Tangerine
07 – Shine on Harvest Moon
08 – Blues for Yolande (mono)
09 – Blues for Yolande (incomplete takes)

Personnel:
Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Oscar Peterson – piano
Herb Ellis – guitar
Ray Brown – bass
Alvin Stoller – drums

Recorded October 1957 in Hollwyood

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Ben Webster Quartet – Big Ben Time {PHILIPS}


Review by Gerardo Martinez Casas (amazon.com)

It is, a mellow masterpiece of great jazz with some upbeat grooves to liven your evening… Love it

Tracks:
01 – How Deep is the Ocean?
02 – My One and Only Love
03 – Honeysuckle Rose
04 – Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
05 – Exactly Like You
06 – Where or When
07 – Just a-Sittin’ and a-Rockin’
08 – Solitude
09 – You Forgot to Remember
10 – The Jeep is Jumpin’

Personnel:
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Dick Katz – piano
Alan Haven – organ
Spike Heatley – bass
Tony Crombie – drums

Recorded in London, January 1967

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Ben Webster – Warm Moods {WB}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

The veteran tenor Ben Webster had a very warm tone on ballads that contrasted with the aggressive biting sound he used on faster material. For this 1960 set Webster is joined by a string quartet (arranged by Johnny Richards) and a rhythm section for his melodic interpretations of a dozen standards. Even when simply stating the melody, Webster brings out unexpected beauty in the songs. His tone has never been accurately duplicated and is the main reason to pick up this CD reissue.

Tracks:
01 – The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
02 – Stella by Starlight
03 – With Every Breath I Take
04 – Accent on Youth
05 – But Beautiful
06 – Time after Time
07 – Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
08 – I’m Beginning to See the Light
09 – It Was So Beautiful
10 – The Whiffenpoof Song
11 – It’s Easy to Remember
12 – There’s No You

Personnel:
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Donn Trenner – piano
Don Bagley – bass
Frank Capp – drums
Armond Kaproff – cello
Cecil Figelski – viola
Alfred Lustgarten – violin
Lisa Minghetti – violin

Recorded at Radio Recorders (1/18-19/60)

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