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Ben WEBSTER & Kenny DREW Trio – My Romance; Live in Denmark March 4, 1965

Posted in Ben WEBSTER, JAZZ, Kenny DREW on December 14, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Ben WEBSTER & Kenny DREW Trio – My Romance; Live in Denmark March 4, 1965


Ben Webster live with the Kenny Drew Trio (the house band at the Jazzhus Montmartre). Good sound. Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark, March 4, 1965.  A record with the same name (My Romance) is available in the series Jazz Hour with, but it is completely diferent to this, much more difficult to find.

Ben Webster- Tenor Sax
Kenny Drew- Piano
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen- Bass
Alex Riel- Drums
01. Pennies from Heaven (Burke, Johnston) 6:09
02. Blues in B Flat (Webster) 4:48
03. My Romance (Hart, Rodgers) 6:45
04. In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler) 7:17
05. How Long Has This Been Going On? (Gershwin, Gershwin) 7:01
06. Sunday (Conn, Krueger, Miller, Styne) 4:16

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John COLTRANE – Four Tenors 1960 (AVI)

Posted in Ben WEBSTER, Charles LLOYD, JAZZ, John COLTRANE, MOVIES, Sonny ROLLINS on December 5, 2010 by whoisthemonk

John COLTRANE – Four Tenors 1960 (AVI)
Dvd 2003.


All the master tenors that recorded for Jazz Casual on one single DVD. It includes performances in quartet of Coltrane, Webster, Rollins and Charles Lloyd, all of them joined by a stunning court of sidemen that includes McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones, Vince Guaraldi, Jimmy Whiterspoon, Jim Hall, Bob Cranshaw, Ben Riley, Keith Jarrett, Ron McClure and Jack DeJohnette. Almost two hours of the best Jazz ever filmed. 20th Century.
John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins and Charles Lloyd
This DVD is a collector’s edition of four 1960s television performances featuring John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Charles Lloyd (with Keith Jarrett) and Sonny Rollins.
John Coltrane Quartet (June, 1963):
John Coltrane- Tenor Saxophone;
McCoy Tyner- Piano;
Jimmy Garrison- Bass;
Elvin Jones- Drums.

Afro Blue  7:12
Alabama  5:55
Impressions  13:58
Ben Webster Quartet (1962):
Ben Webster- Tenor Saxophone;
Vince Guaraldi- Piano;
Monty Budwig- Bass;
Colin Bailey- Drums;
Jimmy Witherspoon- Vocals.

Times Getting Tougher  2:07
‘Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness  4:00
Cotton Tail  4:09
Chelsea Bridge  5:14
I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town  5:01
Roll ‘Em  1:56
Ben’s Little Scheme  2:39
Sonny Rollins Quartet (1962):
Sonny Rollins- Tenor Saxophone;
Jim Hall- Guitar;
Bob Cranshaw- Bass;
Ben Riley- Drums.

The Bridge  5:14
God Bless the Child  5:51
If Ever I Would Leave You  10:49
Charles Lloyd Quartet (1968):
Charles Lloyd- Tenor Saxophone;
Keith Jarrett- Piano;
Ron McLure- Bass;
Jack DeJohnette- Drums.

Love Ship  6:39
Tagore/Passing Through  20:14
Forest Flower  1:44

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Ben WEBSTER – King of Tenor 1953

Posted in Ben WEBSTER, JAZZ on November 24, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Ben WEBSTER – King of Tenor 1953
1993 Issue.


A lot of words aren’t needed to describe Ben Webster.. maybe three at best SOULFUL, SWINGING and VERSATILE.  While players to follow put more emphasis on melodic, harmonic and rhythmic explorations, Ben Webster’s trademark was his tonal mastery and expressiveness on his instrument… he was one of the few players who was able to change his tone according to what he wanted to say.. he could play lush, sweet, mellow and breathy on one tune… then go full honker style in another.. for this reason, this CD, which definitely showcases a wide scope of elements representing his unique virtuosity is a great listen.

THAT’S ALL, of course can be described as a monumentous moment in Jazz… I can only pray more young tenor hot head will get their hands on this album and remember one thing… WARMTH, feeling and expressiveness are what its really about, not the continuity of notes one is able to play in a single riff. Webster was profound, both melodically and expressively, hence its almost impossible not to listen to this CD repeatedly with awe and respect !
By 1953, Ben Webster had carved out his own niche in the world of jazz (and certainly in the world of saxophone). Earlyin his career, the tenor man was under the spell of ColemanHawkins and some critics considered him a mere copy. However, by the ’50s, Webster had formed his own idiom. Still showing his roots, Webster nonetheless began to play with more flexible phrasing and a unique breathy tone. Uptempo numbers were intense yet controlled, and his ballad work (probably his greatest asset) was lyrical and more emotional than that of any of his contemporaries.
On KING OF THE TENORS we hear Webster in two different versions of the Oscar Peterson Quartet. The first setting features only one horn (Webster), the second session features legends Harry “Sweets” Edison (trumpet) and Benny Carter (alto sax) in addition to Webster. This reissue includes a previously unreleased version of “Poutin” as well as superb renditions of standard tunes “Tenderly”, “Don’t Get Around Any More”, and the lovely Irish traditional “Danny Boy”.
This 1953 date matched Webster with such peers as alto saxophonist Benny Carter, trumpeter Harry Edison, and pianist Oscar Peterson for a series of elegant yet soulful and exuberant small group dates. With no cut longer than four and a half minutes, the players didn’t have time for excess statements or overkill; they had to quickly get to the heart of the matter in their solos, make their points, and return to the head. The original session has been enlarged by the addition of two previously unissued tracks, plus an alternate version of “That’s All” that was later issued as a single. Label head Norman Granz excelled in producing swing-oriented, crisply played mainstream dates. Although this date is more than four decades old, Ben Webster’s solos have a freshness and vitality that make them quite relevant to contemporary events.
By Ron Wynn. AMG.
Ben Webster- Tenor Sax
Benny Carter- Alto Sax
Harry “Sweets” Edison- Trumpet
Oscar Peterson- Piano
Barney Kessel- Guitar
Herb Ellis- Guitar
Ray Brown- Bass
J. C. Heard- Drums
Alvin Stoller- Drums
01. Tenderly 3:05
02. Jive At Six 4:15
03. Don’t Get Around Much Any More 3:09
04. That’s All (Album Version) 3:50
05. Bounce Blues (Album Version) 4:35
06. Pennies From Heaven 2:52
07. Cotton Tail 3:23
08. Danny Boy 3:40
09. Poutin’ 3:59
10. Bounce Blues (1993 King Of Tenors Version) 3:39
11. That’s All (Single Version) 2:54

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Ben WEBSTER – Days of Wine and Roses 1965-1967

Posted in Ben WEBSTER, JAZZ on November 22, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Ben WEBSTER – Days of Wine and Roses 1965-1967
Jazz Life. 2473512


This album is a selection of recordings made by Ben Webster after he had moved to Europe late 1964. In 1964 Ben Webster had lost his popularity in the USA because jazz was no longer popular music; Rock and Roll was top of the bill. Ben had sever financial problems, because he spent more money than he earned and didn’t found gigs, because he asked too much money to perform. It was a luck for him that Ronnie Scott, the famous London saxophone player asked him to come to London for an engagement in his Ronny Scott Jazz Club for one month and in December 1964 Ben shipped in in New York heading for London. He didn’t like to fly by plane, so he took the boat. On the 20th of December 1964 he played with Stan Tracey at the piano, Rick Laird on bass and Jackie Dougan on drums at the Marquee Club in London for the BBC TV program Jazz 625. Ben Webster played for one month at the Ronnie Scott Jazz Club and enjoyed London. He learned that he was still the big star, so when the gig was over he didn’t return to the States, but took some more gigs in England, Sweden, Norway and finally found a new home in Copenhagen, Denmark. He lived there for some time, and made some tours to places like Paris, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam and Manchester, and recorded with the Arnvid Meyer ‘s Orchestra, in fact a sextet. Some of these recordings are on this album. Arnvid Meyer, who passed away in August 2007), 80 years old, was a Danish trumpet player and bandleader who accompanied and recorded numerous US guests, like Benny Carter, Bill Coleman, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. His mainstream sextet sounded a bit like Ellington’s small 1930s groups, Ben recorded with in the early 1940s. Ben would never return to the US and stayed in Europe, living in both Copenhagen and Amsterdam, where he died September 20, 1973.
Tracks 01, 02, 03, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10 recorded at Metronome Studios, Copenhagen, September 1965
Ben Webster- Tenor Saxophone
Arnved Meyer- Trumpet
John Darville- Trombone
Ole Kongsted- Tenor Saxophone
Niels Jorgen Steen- Piano
Hendrik Hartmann- Bass
Hans Nymand- Drums
Tracks 04, 05, 11 recorded at Olympic Studios, London, 27th April 1967
Ben Webster- Tenor Saxophone
Bill Coleman- Trumpet & Flügelhorn
Jim Douglas- Guitar
Fred Hunt- Piano
Ron Rae- Bass
Lennie Hastings– Drums
01. Days Of Wine And Roses 4:23
02. Blue Light 4:28
03. Stompy Jones 6:31
04. Pound Horn 5:00
05. For Max 6:24
06. Brother John’s Blues 5:00
07. Nancy (With The Laughing Face) 4:29
08. Duke’s In Bed 3:04
09. What’s I’m Gotchere 4:40
10. My Romance 4:48
11. Bill Coleman 6:16
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