Bob's Ben: A Salute to Ben Webster

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2005
  • Label: Stunt
  • UPC: 663993050423
  • Catalog Number: 504
  • Sales rank: 260,780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude for Ben - Ben Sidran (4:26)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Blackbird - Ben Sidran (7:01)
  3. 3 Time on My Hands - Ben Sidran (4:27)
  4. 4 Old Folks - Ben Sidran (4:59)
  5. 5 This Can't Be Love - Ben Sidran (7:17)
  6. 6 That's All - Ben Sidran (4:52)
  7. 7 Sunday - Ben Sidran (3:40)
  8. 8 Time After Time - Ben Sidran (4:44)
  9. 9 Danny Boy - Ben Sidran (3:58)
  10. 10 La Rosita - Ben Sidran (4:26)
  11. 11 Tenderly - Ben Sidran (4:07)
  12. 12 Bounce Blues - Ben Sidran (5:13)
  13. 13 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning - Ben Sidran (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Rockwell Quartet Primary Artist
Bob Rockwell Tenor Saxophone, Indexed Contributor
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
Tom Blaine Mastering
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