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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 4/8/2002
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020374
  • Catalog Number: 37


Disc 1
  1. 1 Without That Gal - Blanche Calloway & Her Joy Boys (3:35)
  2. 2 Toby (3:25)
  3. 3 The Blue Room (3:21)
  4. 4 Happy as the Day Is Long - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:47)
  5. 5 Hotter Than 'Ell - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:52)
  6. 6 Dream Lullaby - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:10)
  7. 7 Everybody Shuffle - Benny Carter & His Orchestra (3:05)
  8. 8 The Ghost of Dinah - Bob Howard & His Orchestra (2:54)
  9. 9 Rigamarole - Willie Byrant & His Orchestra (2:38)
  10. 10 What a Little Moonlight Can Do - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:01)
  11. 11 A Sunbonnet Blue (And a Little Straw Hat) - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (2:53)
  12. 12 The Voice of Old Man River - Willie Bryant & His Orchestra (3:12)
  13. 13 Truckin' - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:03)
  14. 14 In a Jam - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:01)
  15. 15 The Wedding of Mr and Mrs Swing - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (3:21)
  16. 16 Easy to Love - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:12)
  17. 17 I'll See You in My Dreams - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (2:41)
  18. 18 Sing You Sinners - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra (2:43)
  19. 19 Early Session Hop - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (2:41)
  20. 20 71 - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra (3:05)
  21. 21 Solitude - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:59)
  22. 22 Conga Brava - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:59)
  23. 23 Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:13)
  24. 24 Bojangles (A Portrait of Bill Robinson) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 All Too Soon - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:32)
  2. 2 Sepia Panorama - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:24)
  3. 3 Chloe (Song of the Swamp) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:28)
  4. 4 Linger Awhile - Stewart & His Orchestra (3:25)
  5. 5 Stardust - Duke Ellington (4:19)
  6. 6 Lament for Javanette - Barney Bigard (3:17)
  7. 7 St. James Infirmary - Jack Teagarden's Big Eight (4:18)
  8. 8 The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise - Jack Teagarden's Big Eight (4:11)
  9. 9 Big Eight Blues - Jack Teagarden's Big Eight (4:16)
  10. 10 Shine - Jack Teagarden's Big Eight (3:58)
  11. 11 Blue Serge - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:23)
  12. 12 Just A-Settin' and A-Rockin' - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:36)
  13. 13 Five O'Clock Drag - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:16)
  14. 14 Chelsea Bridge - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:56)
  15. 15 Perdido - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:10)
  16. 16 The C Jam Blues - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:39)
  17. 17 Palm Springs Jump - Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogee Boys (2:39)
  18. 18 Ra-Da-Da-Da - Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogee Boys (2:39)
  19. 19 Groove Juice Special - Slim Gaillard & His Flat Foot Floogee Boys (2:43)
  20. 20 Main Stem - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:51)
  21. 21 Woke Up Clipped - Ben Webster Quartet (3:12)
  22. 22 Teezol - Ben Webster Quartet (2:49)
  23. 23 'Nuff Said - Ben Webster Quartet (3:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Horn - Ben Webster Quartet (2:34)
  2. 2 Dirty Deal - Ben Webster Quartet (3:32)
  3. 3 Don't Blame Me - Ben Webster Quartet (2:48)
  4. 4 I Surrender, Dear - Ben Webster Quartet (2:53)
  5. 5 Tea for Two - Ben Webster Quartet (3:01)
  6. 6 Noah - Woody Herman & His Orchestra (3:22)
  7. 7 Cryin' Sands - Woody Herman & His Orchestra (3:10)
  8. 8 Victory Stride - James P. Johnson & His Blue Note Jazzmen (3:58)
  9. 9 After You've Gone - James P. Johnson & His Blue Note Jazzmen (4:27)
  10. 10 Joshua - Cozy Cole (3:03)
  11. 11 Talk to Me - Cozy Cole (3:10)
  12. 12 Body and Soul - Cozy Cole (3:17)
  13. 13 Sleep - Big Sid Catlett (3:07)
  14. 14 Linger Awhile - Big Sid Catlett (3:12)
  15. 15 Memories of You - Big Sid Catlett (3:48)
  16. 16 Just a Riff - Big Sid Catlett (4:05)
  17. 17 Blues on the Delta - Walter Foots Thomas & His Jump Cats (3:11)
  18. 18 Honeysuckle Rose - Ben Webster Quartet (3:15)
  19. 19 I Surrender, Dear - Ben Webster Quartet (3:04)
  20. 20 Blue Skies - Ben Webster Quartet (3:18)
  21. 21 Kat's Fur - Ben Webster Quartet (3:00)
  22. 22 My Old Flame - Benny Morton & His All-Stars (4:15)
  23. 23 The Sheik of Araby - Benny Morton & His All-Stars (4:48)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Conversing in Blue - Benny Morton & His All-Stars (4:41)
  2. 2 Limehouse Blues - Benny Morton & His All-Stars (4:11)
  3. 3 John Hardy's Wife - Woody Herman All Stars (4:27)
  4. 4 The Jeep Is Jumpin' - Ben Webster & His Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 5 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Ben Webster & His Orchestra (2:55)
  6. 6 Dark Corners - Ben Webster & His Orchestra (3:02)
  7. 7 Blues, Mister Brim - Ben Webster & His Orchestra (3:15)
  8. 8 Frog and Mule - Ben Webster Quartet (3:09)
  9. 9 Spang - Ben Webster Quartet (3:16)
  10. 10 Doctor Keets - Ben Webster Quartet (3:15)
  11. 11 Park and Tilford Blues - Ben Webster Quartet (2:41)
  12. 12 You're Only Happy When I'm Blue - Tony Scott Sextet (3:12)
  13. 13 New Style Baby - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:42)
  14. 14 Let's Love Awhile - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:59)
  15. 15 Nasty Attitude - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:57)
  16. 16 Slow Down Baby - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:57)
  17. 17 The Duke and the Brute - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:54)
  18. 18 Reach - Jay McShann & His Orchestra (2:51)
  19. 19 One O'Clock Jump - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (3:38)
  20. 20 Stardust - Johnny Otis & His Orchestra (3:10)
  21. 21 Randle's Island (3:18)
  22. 22 Old Folks (2:58)
  23. 23 King's Riff (3:17)
  24. 24 You're My Thrill (3:13)
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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
Al Casey Guitar
Charlie Christian Guitar
Sidney DeParis Trumpet
Allen Eager Tenor Saxophone
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Benny Goodman Clarinet
Al Haig Piano
Lionel Hampton Vibes
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
Al 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
De Priest Wheeler Trombone
Arthur Whetsol Trumpet
Hy White Guitar
Morris White Guitar
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Lammar Wright Sr. Trumpet
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Sammy Benskin Piano
Elmer James Bass
Edgar Battle Trumpet
Skippy de Sair Baritone Saxophone
Ed Kiefer Trombone
Al Mastren Trombone
Glyn Paque Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Andrew Brown Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Willie Bryant Leader
Bob Howard Vocals
Junior Raglin Bass
Billy Taylor Sr. 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
The Bill Harris Quintet Trombone
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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