by Ben Webster QuintetBen Webster Quintet

CD(German Import)

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The by turns grizzled and vaporous-toned Webster really hit his stride on the Verve label. During a stretch from roughly 1953-1959, the Ellington alumnus showcased his supreme playing with both combos and string sections, swingers and ballads -- and lurking beneath his blustery and hulking sound were solo lines brimming with sophistication and wit. This 1957 date with the Oscar Peterson Trio is one of the highlights of that golden '50s run. After starting off with two bluesy originals -- the slow burning title track and gutsy "Late Date" -- Webster gets to the heart of things on five wistful ballads: Here, his exquisitely sly "Makin' Whoopee" is only outdone by an incredibly nuanced "Where Are You." Providing sympathetic counterpoint, Peterson forgoes his usual pyrotechnics for some leisurely compact solos; his cohorts -- guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Stan Levey -- are equally assured and splendid. And ending the set with flair, Webster takes over the piano for three somewhat middling yet still impressive stride and boogie-woogie-styled numbers (these are his only piano recordings). Newcomers shouldn't hesitate to start here.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0042283355125
catalogNumber: 5003063
Rank: 104394

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Webster Quintet   Primary Artist
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Oscar Peterson   Piano,Track Performer
Ben Webster   Piano,Tenor Saxophone
Stan Levey   Drums
Benny Carter   Track Performer
Ray Brown   Bass,Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Phil Schaap   Liner Notes
Barry Alfonso   Liner Notes
Phil Stern   Cover Photo
Edward O'Dowd   Reissue Design
Harold Adamson   Composer
Bryan Koniarz   Reissue Producer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
Stephanie Stein Crease   Notes Editing
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer

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