Blue Skies

Blue Skies

by Ben Webster


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Blue Skies

Ben Webster was never a particularly innovative or experimental tenor sax player, so he often gets overlooked when discussions turn to the greatest sax players of the 20th century, but he could do two things as well as anyone who ever picked up the instrument. He could blow rough and raspy and he could go sweet as fresh sugar on a ballad until one would swear the whole world was weeping. Webster didn't expand, deconstruct, and re-form melodies; he simply made them speak in a way that made the heart swell. This poorly annotated set has examples of both approaches recorded between 1934 and 1944, including the gently rolling "Blues on the Delta," a trademark romp on Duke Ellington's "Cotton Tail," and gorgeous melodic turns on Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust." This same era has been covered many times on other Webster anthologies, so it's difficult to recommend this one simply because of its lack of track information, but the music itself is top-notch, swinging and sighing by turns.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2005
Label: Fruit Tree Italy
UPC: 8013252384523
catalogNumber: 845

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Webster   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Leonard Feather   Composer
Ben Webster   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Vincent Rose   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Walter Thomas   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Joseph Young   Composer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Earl Lebieg   Composer
Jack Little   Composer
Adam Geibel   Composer
W. Frank Harling   Composer

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