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Ben Webster - Live at Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen Vol. 2

Total Length: 51:39

Mack the Knife - 5.22 
I Can't Get Started - 6.42 
Friskin' the Frog - 7.19 
Stormy Weather - 7.22 
Teach Me Tonight - 2.47 
Perdido - 7.17 
Yesterdays - 7.10 
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter - 5.55 
Set Call (The Theme) - 3.37 


Ben Webster was born in Kansas City and he grew into one of the giants of tenor saxophone, along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. A self-taught musician, He developed a distinctive, immediately recognizable sound, though his raspy, gruff sound on uptempo songs contrasted with his rhapsodic, breathy, tender ballad features. Webster was also an accomplished stride pianist, though he wasn’t recorded besides some informal tapes made by bassist Milt Hinton. During his early career, he was worked in bands led by Bennie Moten, Andy Kirk, Cab Calloway, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter, Stuff Smith, Roy Eldridge and Benny Carter. Webster worked briefly with Duke Ellington in the mid-1930s as well, though his star rose prominently when he rejoined the pianist in early 1940, where he became one of his top soloists. By the time he left Ellington a few years later, though he briefly returned in 1948, he was forever connected to jazz standards like “Cotton Tail,” “Chelsea Bridge” and “Conga Brava.” Webster would go on to record with Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan and Billie Holiday, while he began recording and touring as a leader, along with participating in many of Norman Granz’ Jazz at the Philharmonic tours and related all-star jam session record dates, especially a memorable meeting with pianist Art Tatum. After both his mother and grandmother died in the early 1960s, Webster left for a gig in Holland in 1964 and never returned to the U.S., abruptly canceling his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival at the last minute. He found plenty of work and fans, settling in Denmark, where he died at the age of 64 in 1973.

 
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