Here's to Ben: A Vocal Tribute to Ben Webster [Groove Note SACD Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
When you link your musical objective to a jazz icon like Ben Webster, certain expectations are created and, like here, rarely are these expectations met. Certainly, Jacintha sings songs Webster played and she sings them very nicely. But there's none of the raspy timbre in her voice that made Webster's saxophone immediately recognizable. Jacintha confuses raspy with singing softly. She and the producers would have been better served by presenting these songs as hers, not Webster's. The focus then would be where it belongs, i.e., what she does with these classics. With excellent pitch, good diction, and sensitive interpretations of the lyrics, she makes these songs her own. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
When you link your musical objective to a jazz icon like Ben Webster, certain expectations are created and, like here, rarely are these expectations met. Certainly, Jacintha sings songs Webster played and she sings them very nicely. But there's none of the raspy timbre in her voice that made Webster's saxophone immediately recognizable. Jacintha confuses raspy with singing softly. She and the producers would have been better served by presenting these songs as hers, not Webster's. The focus then would be where it belongs, i.e., what she does with these classics. With excellent pitch, good diction, and sensitive interpretations of the lyrics, she makes these songs her own. One highlight is her a cappella treatment of "Danny Boy." Throughout the session, Jacintha receives solid support from veteran Teddy Edwards' blues-drenched saxophone he's a lot closer to Webster than Jacintha is. He and Jacintha work well together, as on "How Long Has This Been Going On?" The venerable drummer Larance Marable and bass player Darek Oles combine to lay a solid, sensitive foundation for the proceedings. Oles' bass is especially prominent on "Over the Rainbow." Former Miles Davis pianist Ker Akagi is a capable accompanist. This album is a solid enough effort solely on the strength of Jacintha's natural talent. The obeisance to Webster was not only unnecessary, but distracting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Groove Note Records
  • UPC: 660318100139
  • Catalog Number: 10013
  • Sales rank: 80,332

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jacintha Primary Artist, Vocals
Kei Akagi Piano
Teddy Edwards Tenor Saxophone
Larance Marable Drums
Darek Oles Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Joe Harley Producer
Bill Kohlhaase Liner Notes
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Ying Tan Producer, Executive Producer
Sebastian Koh Executive Producer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
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