Soulville (Remastered) The Ben Webster Quintet

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  • 1Soulville08:05
  • 2Late Date07:16
  • 3Time On My Hands04:20
  • 4Lover Come Back To Me08:30
  • 5Where Are You?04:45
  • 6Makin' Whoopee04:32
  • 7Ill Wind03:34
  • Total Runtime41:02

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Soulville is quintessential Ben Webster: intimate, tender, endlessly expressive. Webster was internationally recognized as one of jazz's elder statesman when he recorded this album in 1957, but the youthful fire that had marked his playing with the Duke Ellington Orchestra two decades earlier was undiminished. Leading a stellar combo through a program consisting mostly of vintage pop tunes, the great tenor saxophonist is at his peak. And this reissue includes three rare recordings of Webster on piano, the first instrument he played as a young professional musician.

Ben Webster, wrote the jazz historian J. E. Behrend, 'was two men in one: in fast pieces he was a musician with a throaty, croaking vibrato, while in slow ones he was a master of erotic and intensive ballads.' In this compilation of both his own works and standard numbers with the promising title of Soulville, 'Big Ben' shows the gentle and the rougher sides of his nature. No session in which black jazz musicians take part would be worth its salt without a good and honest opening blues number, as the first two tracks on this recording go to show. But in the classic hits 'Lover Come Back To Me ' and 'Makin' Whoopee' too, the very heartbeat of the Age of Swing can be easily discerned. And it's well worth taking a look at the small print on the cover too. Joining the prominent members of the Peterson trio are Herb Ellis and Stan Levey no less! It's hardly necessary to add that the sound reproduction on this HighResAudio Remaster!

Ben Webster, tenor saxophone
Ray Brown, bass
Herb Ellis, guitar
Stan Levey, drums
Oscar Peterson, piano

Recorded in 1957
Produced by Norman Granz

Digitally remastered

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