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Bob's Ben: A Salute to Ben Webster
     

Bob's Ben: A Salute to Ben Webster

by Bob Rockwell Quartet
 
Ben Webster was one of several giants of the tenor saxophone, though his contributions sometimes have not been as greatly appreciated as those of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Bob Rockwell, an American expatriate who had been living and working in Copenhagen for a couple of decades, was honored with a

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Ben Webster was one of several giants of the tenor saxophone, though his contributions sometimes have not been as greatly appreciated as those of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Bob Rockwell, an American expatriate who had been living and working in Copenhagen for a couple of decades, was honored with a stipend from the Ben Webster Foundation in the city to make a tribute recording in honor of the late saxophonist. Rockwell is well accompanied by pianist Ben Sidran, bassist Billy Peterson, and drummer Leo Sidran (the pianist's son). Prior to the session, the leader sought out as many of Webster's original charts as he could find, and he decided to stick with Webster's choice of keys and tempi, also utilizing the same chord substitutions. But this is no mere carbon copy of Ben Webster's recordings. Though Rockwell has a big tone, he is not as breathy and manages to convey his own sound in spite of taking inspiration from Webster's arrangements. He does a beautiful job with the ballads, displaying a lyrical touch that the honoree would have enjoyed, especially in "Danny Boy" and "Old Folks," while overdubbing a harmony line in "La Rosita." All in all, a fine effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2005
Label:
Stunt
UPC:
0663993050423
catalogNumber:
504

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Performance Credits

Bob Rockwell Quartet   Primary Artist
Bob Rockwell   Tenor Saxophone
Ben Sidran   Piano
Leo Sidran   Drums

Technical Credits

David Mann   Composer
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Bob Rockwell   Composer
Ben Sidran   Producer
Brandy   Composer
Mark Haines   Engineer
Willard Robison   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Dedette Lee Hill   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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