Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson

Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson

by Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson

CD(Spanish Import)

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Another fine Webster release on Verve that sees the tenor great once again backed by the deluxe Oscar Peterson Trio. In keeping with the high standard of their Soulville collaboration of two years prior, Webster and the trio -- Peterson is joined by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen -- use this 1959 date to conduct a clinic in ballad playing. And while Soulville certainly ranks as one of the tenor saxophonist's best discs, the Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson set gets even higher marks for its almost transcendent marriage of after-hours elegance and effortless mid-tempo swing -- none of Webster's boogie-woogie piano work to break up the mood here. Besides reinvigorating such lithe strollers as "Bye Bye Blackbird" (nice bass work by Brown here) and "This Can't Be Love," Webster and company achieve classic status for their interpretation of the Sinatra gem "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning." And to reassure Peterson fans worried about scant solo time for their hero, the pianist lays down a healthy number of extended runs, unobtrusively shadowing Webster's vaporous tone and supple phrasing along the way. Not only a definite first-disc choice for Webster newcomers, but one of the jazz legend's all-time great records.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Essential Jazz Class
UPC: 8436028694525
catalogNumber: 2869452
Rank: 26829

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oscar Peterson   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Barney Kessel   Guitar,Soloist
Flip Phillips   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Ben Webster   Piano,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet,Soloist
Stan Levey   Drums
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Ray Brown   Bass,Piano,Soloist
J.C. Heard   Drums
Charlie Parker   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Alvin Stoller   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Harry Edison   Composer
Ben Webster   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Chester Cohn   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Benny Krueger   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
John S. Wilson   Liner Notes
Dom Cerulli   Liner Notes
Stephen Frostberg   Liner Notes
Ted Koehler   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Jules Stein   Composer
Bernard Lee   Liner Notes
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Haymes   Composer
E.A. Swan   Composer

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