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Cotton Tail
     

Cotton Tail

by Ben Webster
 
Ben Webster was one of the great pre-bop tenor saxophonists, ranking just below Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young (with whose family band he had played early on) in importance. This 1997 CD has highlights from the first half of Webster's career, but it is a rather frivolous release. All

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Ben Webster was one of the great pre-bop tenor saxophonists, ranking just below Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young (with whose family band he had played early on) in importance. This 1997 CD has highlights from the first half of Webster's career, but it is a rather frivolous release. All of the music (14 selections from a two-year period with Duke Ellington, three songs from Rex Stewart's small group from the Ellington band, two tunes with Bennie Moten in 1932, and a song apiece with Willie Bryant, Lionel Hampton, and Benny Carter in 1946) is currently available elsewhere. No rarities are included, except for perhaps the 1946 rendition of "Cadillac Slim." Webster is heard throughout at his best, but since he did not record for Victor as a leader, he is just one of many top sidemen. While the set is filled with classics (including "Cotton Tail," "All Too Soon," "Bojangles," "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'," and "Chelsea Bridge"), one wishes that RCA had spent their time and resources making more obscure music available instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2002
Label:
Past Perfect
UPC:
4011222057655
catalogNumber:
205765

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Performance Credits

Ben Webster   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie   Piano
Chu Berry   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Christian   Guitar
Buck Clayton   Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Grey   Trombone
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Johnny Hodges   Reeds
Bennie Moten   Track Performer
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin
Rex Stewart   Cornet,Track Performer
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Eddie Barefield   Reeds
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Cozy Cole   Drums
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Leroy Berry   Guitar
Barney Bigard   Reeds
Harry Carney   Reeds
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Eddie Durham   Guitar,Trombone
Fred Guy   Guitar
Clyde Hart   Piano
John Haughton   Trombone
Ernest "Bass" Hill   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
Robert Horton   Trombone
Otis Johnson   Trumpet
Joe Keyes   Trumpet
George Matthews   Trombone
Dan Minor   Trombone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Hot Lips Page   Trumpet
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
John Simmons   Bass
Dee Stewart   Trumpet
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Jack Washington   Reeds
Sonny White   Piano
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Edgar Battle   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Glyn Paque   Reeds
Willie Bryant   Vocals
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Junior Raglin   Bass
Richard Clark   Trumpet
Stanley Payne   Reeds
Otto Hardwick   Reeds
Arnold Adams   Guitar
Johnny Russell   Reeds

Technical Credits

Frankie Laine   Composer
Loren Schoenberg   Liner Notes
Jerome Kern   Composer
Steve Baker   Executive Producer
Benny Carter   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Eddie Durham   Arranger
Orrin Keepnews   Reissue Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger
Harry White   Arranger
Willie Bryant   Director
Steve Gates   Producer
Scott Johnson   Art Direction

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