Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: February 1, 2010
- Label: Essential Jazz Class
Down Beat - 9/97, p.545 stars (out of 5) - "...this record takes the cake ....Webster is riding high....the sound is improved from earlier issues..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.The Touch of Your Lips
- 2.When Your Lover Has Gone
- 3.Bye Bye Blackbird
- 4.How Deep Is the Ocean
- 5.In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
- 7.This Can't Be Love
- 9.Cotton Taile
- 10.Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
- 11.Bounce Blues
- 12.Bounce Blues - (alternate take)
- 14.Ballad Medley: All the Things You Are / Dearly Beloved / The Nearness of You / I'll Get By / Everything Happens To Me/the Man I Love / What's New?/Someone To Watch Over Me / Isn't It Romantic
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 2.Late Date
- 3.Time on My Hands
- 4.Lover, Come Back to Me
- 5.Where Are You?
- 6.Makin' Whoopee
- 7.Ill Wind
- 8.That's All
- 9.That's All - (alternate take)
- 10.Pennies from Heaven
- 11.Jive at Six
- 12.Don't Get Around Much More
- 14.Boogie Woogie
- 15.Roses of Picardy
Personnel: Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Oscar Peterson (piano); Ray Brown (bass); Ed Thigpen (drums).
Producers: Norman Granz, Russ Garcia.
Reissue producer: Michael Lang.
Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, California on November 6, 1959. Originally released on Verve (6114). Includes original liner notes by Stephen Frostberg and reissue liner notes by Kevin Whitehead.
Digitally remastered by Chris Herles (PolyGram Studios).
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone).
Liner Note Authors: Bernard Lee; John S. Wilson ; Stephen Frostberg; Dom Cerulli; Nat Hentoff.
On this 1959 date, Webster teams up with the Oscar Peterson Trio (Ray Brown, bass, and Ed Thigpen, drums) and some very luscious, at times brilliant, music is the result. Webster's deeply emotional renditions of "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "In the Wee, Small Hours of the Morning" are testament to Webster's ability to capture the essence of a tune and put his inimitable stamp on it. Indeed, there are very few tenor saxophonists who can truly duplicate Webster's feel for a ballad, nor come up with anything that tops it.
Peterson is in top form on this release as well. He plays ballads with great restraint, sensing that the best way to accompany this tenor legend is by staying out of his way. However, on the one uptempo track, "Sunday," Peterson takes the reigns playing a technically virtuosic solo that harks back to both Art Tatum (his mentor) and embraces modern bebop stylings. Finally, Ed Thigpen's superb brush work adds the finishing touches to what amounts to a truly enjoyable mainstream jazz listen.
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