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King of the Tenors
     

King of the Tenors

by Ben Webster
 
This 1953 date matched Webster with such peers as alto saxophonist Benny Carter, trumpeter Harry Edison, and pianist Oscar Peterson for a series of elegant yet soulful and exuberant small group dates. With no cut longer than four and a half minutes, the players didn't have time

Overview

This 1953 date matched Webster with such peers as alto saxophonist Benny Carter, trumpeter Harry Edison, and pianist Oscar Peterson for a series of elegant yet soulful and exuberant small group dates. With no cut longer than four and a half minutes, the players didn't have time for excess statements or overkill; they had to quickly get to the heart of the matter in their solos, make their points, and return to the head. The original session has been enlarged by the addition of two previously unissued tracks, plus an alternate version of "That's All" that was later issued as a single. Label head Norman Granz excelled in producing swing-oriented, crisply played mainstream dates. Although this date is more than four decades old, Ben Webster's solos have a freshness and vitality that make them quite relevant to contemporary events.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1993
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451980626
catalogNumber:
519806
Rank:
15076

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Performance Credits

Ben Webster   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Oscar Peterson   Piano
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown   Bass
J.C. Heard   Drums
Alvin Stoller   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Granz   Producer
Walter Gross   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Aric Lach Morrison   Reissue Production Assistance
Peter Pullman   Notes Editing
Phil Schaap   Reissue Restoration,Reissue Research
Jon Schapiro   Reissue Production Assistance
Phil Stern   Cover Photo
Wendi B. Cohen   Director,Art Direction
Matt Brown   Reissue Production Assistance
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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