Plays Ballads [Bonus Tracks]

Plays Ballads [Bonus Tracks]

by Ben WebsterBen Webster


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Ever since the early '40s, Ben Webster displayed a gorgeous tone on the tenor when he played ballads. He knew how to give life and beauty to ballads by making every sound count, often while sticking close to the melody. This Storyville CD expands the original seven-song program with three previously unreleased performances. Webster is heard in a variety of settings, including the Teddy Wilson Trio ("Stardust"), with trumpeter Rolf Ericson in a quintet ("For All We Know"), alongside a few different rhythm sections, with a big band ("Cry Me a River"), and he is showcased with a string orchestra ("Greensleeves"). Whether it be "My Romance," "Danny Boy," or Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," Webster plays beautifully throughout the set. The tempos might be similar, but the changes in instrumentation and the rich melodies mean that this set will hold the listener's attention all the way through.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2002
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101831920
catalogNumber: 8319
Rank: 87063


  1. Stardust
  2. Cry Me a River
  3. For Heaven's Sake
  4. Greensleeves
  5. My Romance
  6. Willow Weep for Me
  7. Old Folks
  8. Danny Boy
  9. Chelsea Bridge
  10. For All We Know

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Webster   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Drew   Piano
Rick Laird   Bass
Teddy Wilson   Piano
Palle Mikkelborg   Trumpet
Jesper Thilo   Saxophone
Fredrik Norén   Drums
Palle Bolvig   Trumpet
Allan Botschinsky   Trumpet
Erling Christensen   Strings,Saxophone
Jackie Dougan   Drums
Rolf Ericson   Trumpet
Albert "Tootie" Heath   Drums
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Ole Kurt Jensen   Trombone
Uffe Karskov   Saxophone
Perry Knudsen   Trumpet
Flemming Madsen   Saxophone
Ole Molin   Guitar
Hugo Rasmussen   Bass
Bjarne Rostvold   Conga,Drums
William Schiopffe   Drums
Sahib Shihab   Saxophone
Stan Tracy   Piano
Finn Ziegler   Strings
Kurt J. Jensen   Strings
Niels Jorgen Steen   Conductor
Jesper Thilo Quartet   Tenor Saxophone
Ole Kock Hansen   Piano
Per Espersen   Trombone
Henry Henkel   Trumpet
Poul Jorgensen   Trombone
Anton Kontra   Strings
Per Ludolph   Strings
Torolf Molgaard   Trombone
Sture Nordin   Bass
Makaya Ntsoko   Drums
Hans Schwenger   Strings
John Steffensen   Conga
Ove Winther   Strings
Aage Bertelsen   Strings
Bent Juul Nielsen   Saxophone
Stanley Carlson   Strings
Mogens Holm Larsen   Strings
Holger Bjerre   Strings
Lasse Sjösten   Piano

Technical Credits

Karl Emil Knudsen   Executive Producer
Brian Priestley   Liner Notes
Anders Stefansen   Producer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Henrik Iversen   Producer
Don Meyer   Composer
Sherman Edwards   Composer

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