segunda-feira, 2 de maio de 2016

Ben Webster | King of the tenors

AllMusic Review by 

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.

1.  Tenderly
2.  Jive At Six
3.  Don't Get Around Much Any More
4.  That's All
5.  Bounce Blues
6.  Pennies From Heaven
7.  Cotton Tail
8.  Danny Boy
9.  Poutin'
10. Bounce Blues (1993 King Of Tenors Version)
11.That's All (Single Version)

Ben Webster, Sax (Tenor)
Ray Brown, Bass
Benny Carter, Sax (Alto)
Harry Edison, Trumpet
Herb Ellis, Guitar
J.C. Heard Drums
Barney Kessel, Guitar
Oscar Peterson, Piano
Alvin Stoller, Drums

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