Cotton Tail

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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." ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/1997
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636679020
  • Catalog Number: 66790

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cotton Tail (3:09)
  2. 2 All Too Soon - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:30)
  3. 3 Toby (3:26)
  4. 4 Lafayette (2:46)
  5. 5 The Voice of Old Man River (3:09)
  6. 6 Early Session Hop (2:38)
  7. 7 Conga Brava (2:56)
  8. 8 Bojangles (2:52)
  9. 9 My Greatest Mistake (3:24)
  10. 10 Chloe - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:25)
  11. 11 Mobile Bay (3:04)
  12. 12 Linger Awhile - Rex Stewart & His Orchestra (3:24)
  13. 13 Blue Serge (3:21)
  14. 14 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:33)
  15. 15 Some Saturday - Rex Stewart & His Orchestra (2:57)
  16. 16 Five O'Clock Drag - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:11)
  17. 17 Chelsea Bridge (2:53)
  18. 18 Rain Check (2:29)
  19. 19 Perdido (3:07)
  20. 20 What Am I Here For? (3:26)
  21. 21 Main Stem - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:47)
  22. 22 Cadillac Slim - Benny Carter (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Webster Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Count Basie Piano
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Christian Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Al 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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