The Frog

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Throughout his long career tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, lovingly nicknamed "The Frog," never lost his lyrical, breathy tone on the instrument and he has to be considered one of the best of the transitional jazz tenor players who emerged in the prewar years. This tight set features several of Webster's earliest sides, including tracks he recorded with bandleaders Bennie Moten, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter and others. The classic "Cotton Tail," recorded in the early '40s with Ellington, is here, along with a striking version of "St. James Infirmary" and a fast, strong and busy "The Voice of Old Man River."
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Throughout his long career tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, lovingly nicknamed "The Frog," never lost his lyrical, breathy tone on the instrument and he has to be considered one of the best of the transitional jazz tenor players who emerged in the prewar years. This tight set features several of Webster's earliest sides, including tracks he recorded with bandleaders Bennie Moten, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter and others. The classic "Cotton Tail," recorded in the early '40s with Ellington, is here, along with a striking version of "St. James Infirmary" and a fast, strong and busy "The Voice of Old Man River."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2000
  • Label: Giants Of Jazz (Ita)
  • UPC: 800488330725
  • Catalog Number: 53307

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Webster Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Scott Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Buster Bailey Clarinet
Count Basie Piano
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Christian Guitar
Buck Clayton Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Al Grey Tuba
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Budd Johnson Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Pete Johnson Piano
Ray Nance Trumpet
Albert Nicholas Clarinet
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Rex Stewart Cornet
Slam Stewart Bass, Vibes
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole Drums
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Trummy Young Tuba
Gene Ramey Bass
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Walter Page Baritone Saxophone
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Emmett Berry Trumpet
Leroy Berry Guitar
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tuba
David Booth Drums
Harry Carney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Vic Dickenson Tuba
Duke Ellington Piano
Eddie Durham Guitar, Tuba
Fred Guy Guitar
Clyde Hart Piano
John Haughton Tuba
J.C. Heard Drums
Ernest "Bass" Hill Baritone Saxophone
Milt Hinton Baritone Saxophone
Robert Horton Tuba
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson Tuba
Otis Johnson Trumpet
Claude Jones Tuba
Joe Keyes Trumpet
Billy Kyle Piano
George Matthews Tuba
Dan Minor Tuba
Marlowe Morris Piano
Ed Nicholson Drums
Hot Lips Page Trumpet
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Piano
Jimmy Shirley Guitar, Piano
John Simmons Bass
Dee Stewart Trumpet
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Walter Thomas Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Juan Tizol Tuba, Vibes
Dave Tough Drums
Jack Washington Alto, Baritone
Leo Watson Drums
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Edgar Battle Trumpet, Tuba, Vibes
Glyn Paque Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Willie Bryant Vibes
Richard Clark Trumpet
Brick Fleagle Guitar
Stanley Payne Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Arnold Adams Guitar
Joseph Nanton Tuba
Johnny Russell Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Count Basie Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Ben Webster Composer
Teddy Wilson Composer
Benny Carter Arranger
Eddie Durham Arranger, Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Vincent Rose Composer
Walter Thomas Composer
Victor Young Composer
Harry White Composer
Buster Harding Composer
Harry Owens Composer
William Steven Bryant Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
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