Ben Webster's Finest Hour

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Ben Webster's tone on tenor saxophone became one of the most recognizable in jazz; he possessed a tough sound on upbeat tunes while playing soft and light on ballads. As part of Verve's Finest Hour series, Ben Webster is heard on a combination of standards and originals along with some of the biggest names in jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, and Gerry Mulligan. These 16 tracks include "Star Dust," "While We're Dancing," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me." This compilation doesn't present a complete overview of Ben Webster's career, but it is an excellent budget introduction.
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All Music Guide - Campbell
Ben Webster's tone on tenor saxophone became one of the most recognizable in jazz; he possessed a tough sound on upbeat tunes while playing soft and light on ballads. As part of Verve's Finest Hour series, Ben Webster is heard on a combination of standards and originals along with some of the biggest names in jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, and Gerry Mulligan. These 16 tracks include "Star Dust," "While We're Dancing," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me." This compilation doesn't present a complete overview of Ben Webster's career, but it is an excellent budget introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454380829
  • Catalog Number: 543808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 See You at the Fair (6:15)
  2. 2 Hotter Than 'Ell - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:57)
  3. 3 The Ghost of Dinah - Bob Howard (2:49)
  4. 4 Cotton Tail (3:27)
  5. 5 Honey Hill (4:05)
  6. 6 Linger Awhile (3:10)
  7. 7 Stardust - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (3:06)
  8. 8 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (4:15)
  9. 9 My Greatest Mistake (3:38)
  10. 10 La Rosita (5:05)
  11. 11 Sunday (3:57)
  12. 12 While We're Dancing (2:49)
  13. 13 Blues for Mr. Broadway (8:12)
  14. 14 Chelsea Bridge (7:20)
  15. 15 Roses of Picardy (2:10)
  16. 16 Single Petal of a Rose (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Webster Primary Artist, Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Otis Vocals, Vibes
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Phil Bodner English Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Hank Jones Piano
Thad Jones Trumpet
Roger Kellaway Piano
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mel Lewis Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Oliver Nelson Conductor, Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Gerald Wilson Trumpet
Teddy Wilson Piano
Ralph Burns Conductor
Cozy Cole Drums
Stan Levey Drums
Grady Tate Drums
Ed Thigpen Drums
Jimmy Woode Bass
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Martin Donegan Violin
Chet Amsterdam Bass
Danny Bank Clarinet, Flute
Leard Bell Drums
Benny Carter Clarinet, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone
Billie Holiday Vocals
Ray Brown Bass
Big Sid Catlett Drums
Harold Coletta Violin
Mario Delagarde Bass
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Al Epstein Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, English Horn
Burt Fisch Viola
Fletcher Henderson Piano, Conductor
Harry Lookofsky Tenor Violin
Clarence Holiday Guitar
Hilton Jefferson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Osie Johnson Drums
Keg Johnson Trombone
Walter Johnson Drums
Claude Jones Trombone
Leo Kruczek Violin
Pete "Guitar" Lewis Guitar
Curtis Lowe Baritone Saxophone
Lawrence Lucie Guitar
Joe Mondragon Bass
Wendell Marshall Bass
Daniel Moore Trumpet
Marlowe Morris Piano
George Ricci Cello
Tosha Samaroff Violin
Lucien Schmit Cello
John Simmons Bass
Stuff Smith Violin
Alvin Stoller Drums
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Floyd Turnham Alto Saxophone
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
George Washington Trombone
Devonia Williams Piano
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Eugene Orloff Violin
Elmer James Bass
Lorenzo Holderness Tenor Saxophone
Paul Winter Violin
Donald Johnson Trumpet
Technical Credits
Oliver Nelson Arranger
Loren Schoenberg Liner Notes
Ralph Burns Arranger
Horace Henderson Arranger
Norman Granz Producer
Milt Gabler Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Tom Greenwood Research Coordination
Allan Stuart Composer
Paul Dupont Composer
Hayden Wood Composer
Gus Haenschen Composer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Lester O'Keefe Composer
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