In a Mellow Tone

In a Mellow Tone

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by Ben Webster
     
 

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Released for the first time in 1995, this live performance from tenor saxophonist Ben Webster was recorded early during his years in Europe. Webster, who is heard playing swing standards and blues with an English rhythm section (pianist Alan Branscombe, bassist Lennie Bush and drummer

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Released for the first time in 1995, this live performance from tenor saxophonist Ben Webster was recorded early during his years in Europe. Webster, who is heard playing swing standards and blues with an English rhythm section (pianist Alan Branscombe, bassist Lennie Bush and drummer Jackie Dougan), is in fine form during his ten numbers, although his solos are rather predictable, alternating stomps and ballads. The rhythm trio is competent...A short interview that concludes the CD gives one an opportunity to hear Webster's speaking voice...This release, which is enjoyable enough, is mostly for Ben Webster completists.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2012
Label:
Candid Records
UPC:
0708857910625
catalogNumber:
79106
Rank:
148493

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Webster   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Alan Branscombe   Piano
Lennie Bush   Bass
Jackie Dougan   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ben Webster   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Ray Staff   Engineer
Fred Warren   Cover Photo
Tomkins   Liner Notes

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In a Mellow Tone 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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In 1964 rock¿n¿roll invaded America and Ben Webster went to Europe, never to return. After breaking a ban on American musicians preforming live in England in 1965, Ronnie Scott imported Webster from Amsterdam to play at his London jazz club. Fortunately, Les Tomkins, a London journalist and radio personality, recorded the session on an early (very early) tape recorder. Webster obviously suffers some culture shock, after being backed by the best rhythm sections in the States for years. Pianist Branscombe has played too much light jazz for afternoon high tea and drummer Dugan is still `trooping the colors¿ on an Army parade ground. Bassist Bush tries to get them to swing, but they don¿t. IF the quality of Webster Jazz `Round Midnight (a jazz masterpiece) was present, Over The Rainbow, Someone To Watch Over Me, Stardust and My Romance, alone, would be worth the price of the CD. Although this CD has been technically ¿enhanced¿, it probably lacks the quality modern jazz listeners and collectors demand.