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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There was only one Ben Webster, but the tenor saxophonist known affectionately as "the Frog" had in himself two very divergent musical personalities, one that was brash and powerful and blew hard and forcefully and one that whispered and cried with delicate nuance and emotion, sounding for all the world like one half of an intimate conversation late at night under a muted sky. This set has examples of both approaches and features Webster working with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, and others. Highlights include the breezy "Meet the Frog," the funky "Soulville," and Webster at his weeping, sighing...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
There was only one Ben Webster, but the tenor saxophonist known affectionately as "the Frog" had in himself two very divergent musical personalities, one that was brash and powerful and blew hard and forcefully and one that whispered and cried with delicate nuance and emotion, sounding for all the world like one half of an intimate conversation late at night under a muted sky. This set has examples of both approaches and features Webster working with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, and others. Highlights include the breezy "Meet the Frog," the funky "Soulville," and Webster at his weeping, sighing best on moving versions of Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/1995
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452543127
  • Catalog Number: 525431

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Webster Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Louie Bellson Drums
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Roy Eldridge Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Budd Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
John Kirby Bass
Mel Lewis Drums
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Les Spann Guitar
Gerald Wiggins Piano
Gerald Wilson Trumpet
Teddy Wilson Piano
Shorty Baker Trumpet
Stan Levey Drums
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Danny Bank Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Leard Bell Drums
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Ray Brown Bass
Mario Delagarde Bass
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
George Jenkins Drums
Jimmy Jones Piano
Pete "Guitar" Lewis Guitar
Curtis Lowe Baritone Saxophone
Wendell Marshall Bass
Otis Vibes
John Sanders Trombone
Alvin Stoller Drums
Floyd Turnham Alto Saxophone
Leroy Vinnegar Bass
George Washington Trombone
Devonia Williams Piano
Don Johnson Trumpet
Lorenzo Holderness Tenor Saxophone
John Pettigrew Trombone
Technical Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Contributor
Horace Silver Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Michael Lang Compilation Supervisor
Clyde Otis Composer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Kelly Owens Composer
Suha Gur Mastering
Sheryl Lutz-Brown Art Direction
Wendi Traub-Cohen Artwork
David Demsey Liner Notes
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