Ben Webster – Warm Moods {WB}

Review by Scott Yanow (

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.

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

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)

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, artwork