Big Ben

Big Ben

by Ben Webster

The U.K.'s Proper label uses its usual compilation magic to assemble this box of material by the late great tenorman Ben Webster. Webster, who came into his own late in life, was a survivor and artisan from many of jazz's great historic periods, and this four-disc set is a fine documentary source. Webster's early career placed him in some of the music's greatest… See more details below


The U.K.'s Proper label uses its usual compilation magic to assemble this box of material by the late great tenorman Ben Webster. Webster, who came into his own late in life, was a survivor and artisan from many of jazz's great historic periods, and this four-disc set is a fine documentary source. Webster's early career placed him in some of the music's greatest orchestras including those of Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Jack Teagarden, Blanche Calloway, Big Sid Catlett, Teddy Wilson, and of course Duke Ellington's premier bands. There are also a number of sides showcasing Webster as a leader of both quartets, quintets, and orchestras under his own name, as well as some of his sides working with Johnny Otis and Jay McShann. There are 94 cuts in all. The only sad part of this is that Webster's brilliant Ben Webster for Lovers And Soulville recordings for Norman Granz's Verve label are not represented here because they fall outside Big Ben's 20 year time frame (1931-1951). Nonetheless, this is a highly recommended offering for its sound, the breadth and depth of its reach into his catalog, including a side with Woody Herman, and a fine essay booklet as well. And all of this for a bargain price. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Proper Box Uk


Disc 1

  1. Without That Gal  -  Blanche Calloway & Her Joy Boys
  2. Toby
  3. The Blue Room
  4. Happy as the Day Is Long  -  Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
  5. Hotter Than 'Ell  -  Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
  6. Dream Lullaby  -  Benny Carter & His Orchestra
  7. Everybody Shuffle  -  Benny Carter & His Orchestra
  8. The Ghost of Dinah  -  Bob Howard & His Orchestra
  9. Rigamarole  -  Willie Byrant & His Orchestra
  10. What a Little Moonlight Can Do  -  Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
  11. A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Little Straw Hat)  -  Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
  12. The Voice of Old Man River  -  Willie Bryant & His Orchestra
  13. Truckin'  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  14. In a Jam  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  15. The Wedding of Mr and Mrs Swing  -  Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
  16. Easy to Love  -  Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
  17. I'll See You in My Dreams  -  Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
  18. Sing You Sinners  -  Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
  19. Early Session Hop  -  Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
  20. 71  -  Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra
  21. Solitude  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  22. Conga Brava  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  23. Cotton Tail  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  24. Bojangles (A Portrait of Bill Robinson)  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

Disc 2

  1. All Too Soon  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  2. Sepia Panorama  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  3. Chloe (Song of the Swamp)  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  4. Linger Awhile  -  Stewart & His Orchestra
  5. Stardust  - Duke Ellington
  6. Lament for Javanette  - Barney Bigard
  7. St. James Infirmary  -  Jack Teagarden's Big Eight
  8. The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise  -  Jack Teagarden's Big Eight
  9. Big Eight Blues  -  Jack Teagarden's Big Eight
  10. Shine  -  Jack Teagarden's Big Eight
  11. Blue Serge  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  12. Just A-Settin' and A-Rockin'  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  13. Five O'Clock Drag  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  14. Chelsea Bridge  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  15. Perdido  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  16. The C Jam Blues  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  17. Palm Springs Jump  -  Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogee Boys
  18. Ra-Da-Da-Da  -  Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogee Boys
  19. Groove Juice Special  -  Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogee Boys
  20. Main Stem  -  Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
  21. Woke Up Clipped  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  22. Teezol  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  23. 'Nuff Said  -  Ben Webster Quartet

Disc 3

  1. The Horn  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  2. Dirty Deal  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  3. Don't Blame Me  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  4. I Surrender, Dear  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  5. Tea for Two  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  6. Noah  -  Woody Herman & His Orchestra
  7. Cryin' Sands  -  Woody Herman & His Orchestra
  8. Victory Stride  -  James P. Johnson & His Blue Note Jazzmen
  9. After You've Gone  -  James P. Johnson & His Blue Note Jazzmen
  10. Joshua  - Cozy Cole
  11. Talk to Me  - Cozy Cole
  12. Body and Soul  - Cozy Cole
  13. Sleep  - Big Sid Catlett
  14. Linger Awhile  - Big Sid Catlett
  15. Memories of You  - Big Sid Catlett
  16. Just a Riff  - Big Sid Catlett
  17. Blues on the Delta  -  Walter Foots Thomas & His Jump Cats
  18. Honeysuckle Rose  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  19. I Surrender, Dear  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  20. Blue Skies  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  21. Kat's Fur  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  22. My Old Flame  -  Benny Morton & His All-Stars
  23. The Sheik of Araby  -  Benny Morton & His All-Stars

Disc 4

  1. Conversing in Blue  -  Benny Morton & His All-Stars
  2. Limehouse Blues  -  Benny Morton & His All-Stars
  3. John Hardy's Wife  -  Woody Herman All Stars
  4. The Jeep Is Jumpin'  -  Ben Webster & His Orchestra
  5. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)  -  Ben Webster & His Orchestra
  6. Dark Corners  -  Ben Webster & His Orchestra
  7. Blues, Mister Brim  -  Ben Webster & His Orchestra
  8. Frog and Mule  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  9. Spang  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  10. Doctor Keets  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  11. Park and Tilford Blues  -  Ben Webster Quartet
  12. You're Only Happy When I'm Blue  -  Tony Scott Sextet
  13. New Style Baby  -  Jay McShann & His Orchestra
  14. Let's Love Awhile  -  Jay McShann & His Orchestra
  15. Nasty Attitude  -  Jay McShann & His Orchestra
  16. Slow Down Baby  -  Jay McShann & His Orchestra
  17. The Duke and the Brute  -  Jay McShann & His Orchestra
  18. Reach  -  Jay McShann & His Orchestra
  19. One O'Clock Jump  -  Johnny Otis & His Orchestra
  20. Stardust  -  Johnny Otis & His Orchestra
  21. Randle's Island
  22. Old Folks
  23. King's Riff
  24. You're My Thrill

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Webster   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Conniff   Trombone
Tony Scott   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Henry "Red" Allen   Trumpet
Buster Bailey   Clarinet
Count Basie   Piano
Billy Bauer   Guitar
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Cab Calloway   Leader,Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Sidney DeParis   Trumpet
Allen Eager   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Eldridge   Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Benny Goodman   Clarinet
Haig   Piano
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Bill Harris   Trombone
Woody Herman   Clarinet,Vocals
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Budd Johnson   Clarinet
James P. Johnson   Piano
John Kirby   Bass
Gene Krupa   Drums
Jay McShann   Piano
Bennie Moten   Leader
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Gerald Wiggins   Piano
Gerald Wilson   Trumpet
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Bothwell   Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Ralph Burns   Piano
Cozy Cole   Drums
Bill DeArango   Guitar
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Horace Henderson   Piano
Chubby Jackson   Bass
Benny Morton   Trombone
Vido Musso   Clarinet
Pinetop Smith   Trumpet
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Albert Wynn   Trombone
Walter Brown   Vocals
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Slim Gaillard   Guitar,Vocals
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Trummy Young   Trombone
Gene Ramey   Bass
Israel Crosby   Bass
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Walter Page   Bass
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Lloyd Anderson   Bass
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Leard Bell   Drums
Benny Carter   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Leroy Berry   Guitar
Denzil Best   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Jerry Blake   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Blowers   Drums
David Booth   Drums
Floyd Brady   Trombone
Garvin Bushell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Blanche Calloway   Vocals
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Pete Clark   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Shad Collins   Trumpet
Mario Delagarde   Bass
Vic Dickenson   Trombone
Eddie Dougherty   Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Eddie Durham   Guitar,Trombone
Fletcher Henderson   Piano
Karl George   Trumpet
Fred Guy   Guitar
Hall   Bass
Clyde Hart   Piano
John Haughton   Trombone
J.C. Heard   Drums
Ernest "Bass" Hill   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
Lorenzo Holden   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Holiday   Guitar
Robert Horton   Trombone
George Irish   Tenor Saxophone
Andy Jackson   Banjo,Guitar
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
George Jenkins   Drums
Keg Johnson   Trombone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Walter Johnson   Drums
Claude Jones   Trombone
Jimmy Jones   Piano
Joe Keyes   Trumpet
Billy Kyle   Piano
Cliff Leeman   Bass
Cappy Lewis   Trumpet
Curtis Lowe   Guitar
Lawrence Lucie   Guitar
George Matthews   Trombone
Leroy Maxey   Drums
Dan Minor   Vibes
Pete Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Alton Moore   Trombone
Marlowe Morris   Piano
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone
Benny Payne   Piano
Rudy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jesse Price   Drums
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
Gene Ramsey   Baritone Saxophone
Irving "Mouse" Randolph   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Jimmy Shirley   Guitar
John Simmons   Bass
Ben Smith   Alto Saxophone
Russell Smith   Trumpet
Dee Stewart   Trumpet
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Walter Thomas   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Argonne Thornton   Piano
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Dave Tough   Drums
John Trueheart   Guitar
Floyd Turnham   Alto Saxophone
Dick Vance   Trumpet
Teddy Walters   Guitar
George Washington   Trombone
Jack Washington   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Leo Watson   Drums
Ray Wetzel   Trumpet
Priest Wheeler   Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Hy White   Guitar
Morris White   Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Sammy Benskin   Piano
Elmer James   Bass
Edgar Battle   Trumpet
Skippy de Sair   Baritone Saxophone
Ed Kiefer   Trombone
Mastren   Trombone
Glyn Paque   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Andrew Brown   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Willie Bryant   Leader
Bob Howard   Vocals
Junior Raglin   Bass
Billy Taylor   Bass
Bobby Guyer   Trumpet
Richard Clark   Trumpet
Pete Suggs   Drums
Brick Fleagle   Guitar
Stanley Payne   Alto Saxophone
Otto Hardwick   Bass,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Don Johnson   Trumpet
Charles Drayton   Bass
Orville Minor   Trumpet
Louis Thompson   Bass
John Simons   Bass
Arnold Adams   Guitar
Robert Cheek   Trumpet
Booker Pittman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Rock McConnell   Trombone
Ben Stabler   Trumpet
John Pettigrew   Trombone
Herb Alvis   Trombone
Emmanuel "Gaucho" Vaharandes   Conga
Herman Bell   Guitar
Fats Dennis   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Di Maggio   Alto Saxophone
Gene Griddins   Guitar
Leroy Hardy   Alto Saxophone
Cooky Jackson   Drums
Clifford Jenkins   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Nicholson   Drums
Johnny Russell   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Elton John   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Bob Weir   Composer
Count Basie   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Miles Davis   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Victor Feldman   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Milt Jackson   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Jay McShann   Composer
Bennie Moten   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Ben Webster   Arranger,Composer
Teddy Wilson   Arranger,Composer
Eddie Barefield   Composer
Cozy Cole   Composer
Horace Henderson   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Benny Morton   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Walter Brown   Composer
Slim Gaillard   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Benny Carter   Arranger,Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Big Sid Catlett   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Eddie Durham   Arranger
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Fletcher Henderson   Arranger,Composer
Peter Garrett   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Rob Hirst   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Jim Moginie   Composer
Gary Osborne   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Brian Robertson   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Ted Snyder   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor   Composer
Walter Thomas   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Edgar Battle   Arranger
Willie Bryant   Composer
Joseph Young   Composer
Harold Mooney   Composer
Joe Bishop   Composer
Brick Fleagle   Composer
Buster Harding   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Philip Braham   Composer
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Douglas Furber   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
Jack Little   Composer
Eugene Lockhart   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Ernest Seitz   Composer
Joop Visser   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Lemmy Kilmister   Composer
Joe Primrose   Composer
W. Frank Harling   Composer
Daniel Vahle   Composer

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