Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Soul of Ben Webster


Although tenor saxophonist Ben Webster gets top billing, this two-CD set actually contains an LP apiece by Webster, trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, and altoist Johnny Hodges. Webster is on all of the recordings, but really only stars on the first date, a septet outing with trumpeter Art Farmer and fellow tenor Harold Ashby. The great tenor is at his best on a beautiful version of "Chelsea Bridge" and "When I Fall in Love." The Edison session is a sextet outing with Webster, the Oscar Peterson Trio, and drummer Alvin Stoller mixing blues and swing standards; Edison's usually muted trumpet is quite effective. The final set puts the focus on altoist Hodges, who sounds beautiful on "Don't Take Your Love from Me," although the many blues performances also give solo space to trumpeter Roy Eldridge (literally explosive on "Honey Hill") and trombonist Vic Dickenson. A total of three previously unissued performances have been added to the program, and all three of these sessions had been long out of print; they add to the legacy of Norman Granz's Verve label, showing that many top swing all-stars were actually at their prime in the 1950s. Recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-soul-of-ben-webstergee-baby-aint-i-good-to-youblues-a-plenty-r1316983

Ben Webster
The Soul of Ben Webster

Tracks

Cd. 1

1 Fajista (Webster)  3:40
2 Chelsea Bridge (Strayhorn)  3:38
3 Charlotte's Piccolo (Webster)  15:29
4 Coal Train (Webster)  4:07
5 When I Fall in Love (Heyman, Young)  4:57
6 Ev's Mad (Webster)  4:21
7 Ash (Webster)  8:21
8 Blues for the Blues (Edison)  4:49
9 Blues for Piney Brown (Edison)  7:37
10 Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn, Suessdorf)  3:56
11 Taste on the Place (Edison)  7:02
12 Blues for the Blues (Edison)  5:52

 

Cd. 2

1 Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You (Razaf, Redman)  3:31
2 Blues for Bill Basie (Edison)  9:30
3 You're Getting to Be a Habitwth Me (Dubin, Warren)  6:50
4 I Didn't Know About You (Ellington, Russell)  3:31
5 Reelin' and Rockin' (Berry, Hodges)  9:37
6 Gone with the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  3:17
7 Honey Hill (Hodges)  4:02
8 Blues-a-Plenty (Hodges)  3:21
9 Don't Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  3:40
10 Saturday Afternoon Blues (Hodges)  5:58
11 Satin Doll (Ellington, Mercer, Strayhorn)  5:01
12 Cool Your Motor (Hodges)  3:36
13 Reelin' and Rockin' (Berry, Hodges)  9:40
14 Don't Take Your Love from Me (Nemo)  4:58


Personnel
[Cd. 1, # 1-7] Ben Webster - The Soul of Ben Webster (Verve MGVS-8359)
Ben Webster - ts
Art Farmer - tp [# 2 & 5 out]
Harold Hashby - ts [# 2 & 5 out]
Jimmy Jones - p
Mundell Lowe - g
Milt Hinton - b
Dave Bailey - dr
Recorded in New York City ; probably July 1958
[Cd. 1, # 8-12 ; & Cd. 2, # 1-3] Harry Edison - Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You (Verve MGC 8211)
Ben Webster - ts
Harry "Sweets" Edison - tp
Oscar Peterson -p
Barney Kessel - g
Ray Brown - b
Alvin Stoller - dr
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles ; March 5, 1957
[Cd. 2, # 4-14] Johnny Hodges - Blues-a-Plenty (Verve MGVS 6123)
Ben Webster - ts [# 4, 6, 9, 11 & 14 out]
Johnny Hodges - as
Roy Eldridge - tp [# 4, 6, 9, 11 & 14 out]
Vic Dickenson - tb [# 4, 6, 9, 11 & 14 out]
Billy Strayhorn - p
Jimmy Woode - b
Sam Woodyard - dr
Recorded at Fine Recording, New York City ; April 5, 1958

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Kovina Kris said...

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rog said...

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Terry said...

Thanks for Ben Webster.

blissedout said...

Brute-i-full!!!!

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