Centennial Celebration

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The centennial of Ben Webster's birth occurred in 2009 and producer Nick Phillips mined the vaults of various Concord-owned labels, including Pablo, Riverside, Contemporary, and Prestige/Swingville, to create this compilation featuring the late tenor saxophonist. One of the three giants of his instrument during the 1930s and 1940s (along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young), Webster was still very much at the top of his game when these sessions were recorded. When he took part in the series of small-group dates with Art Tatum, he refused to be intimidated by the pianist's intricate flourishes, simply delivering majestic solos in "My One and Only Love," "All the Things You ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The centennial of Ben Webster's birth occurred in 2009 and producer Nick Phillips mined the vaults of various Concord-owned labels, including Pablo, Riverside, Contemporary, and Prestige/Swingville, to create this compilation featuring the late tenor saxophonist. One of the three giants of his instrument during the 1930s and 1940s (along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young), Webster was still very much at the top of his game when these sessions were recorded. When he took part in the series of small-group dates with Art Tatum, he refused to be intimidated by the pianist's intricate flourishes, simply delivering majestic solos in "My One and Only Love," "All the Things You Are," and "Have You Met Miss Jones." He's very comfortable with old friends Benny Carter and Barney Bigard in an easygoing setting of Carter's "Lula." The two live tracks, "Caravan" and "Georgia on My Mind" taken from At the Renaissance, also find Webster in an inspired mood, supported by a rhythm section including pianist Jimmy Rowles and guitarist Jim Hall. But the most overlooked material is from his meeting with Austrian pianist Joe Zawinul, who was also Webster's roommate at the time, which is highlighted by the richly textured "Travelin' Light." Most Ben Webster fans likely already own all of the individual albums from which this was assembled, but for everyone else, this is an excellent introduction to the tenor saxophonist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/2009
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 888072312760
  • Catalog Number: 31276
  • Sales rank: 98,945

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Art Tatum Primary Artist, Piano
Frank Butler Drums
Richard Davis Bass
Jim Hall Guitar
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Mel Lewis Drums
Red Mitchell Bass
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour Guitar
Joe Zawinul Piano
Barney Bigard Clarinet
Red Callender Bass
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
Technical Credits
Ben Webster Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Ray Fowler Engineer
Jesse Gorell Composer
Howard Holzer Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Lester Koenig Producer
Val Valentin Engineer
James Van Heusen Composer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Larissa Collins Art Direction
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