Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452144829
  • Catalog Number: 521448
  • Sales rank: 57,777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Touch of Your Lips - Ben Webster (6:20)
  2. 2 When Your Lover Has Gone - Ben Webster (3:59)
  3. 3 Bye Bye Blackbird - Ben Webster (6:45)
  4. 4 How Deep Is the Ocean? - Ben Webster (2:36)
  5. 5 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Ben Webster (3:13)
  6. 6 Sunday - Ben Webster (3:57)
  7. 7 This Can't Be Love - Ben Webster (9:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oscar Peterson Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Ed Thigpen Drums
Benny Carter Track Performer
Ray Brown Bass
Technical Credits
Ned Miller Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Benny Krueger Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Stephen Frostberg Liner Notes
Chester Conn Composer
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