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Numbered, Limited Edition 200 Gram, 45rpm 2LP Set!
Only the 1st 1,000 Copies are Numbered!
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound & Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!
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 LP show.
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.
"...these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don't want to
miss...most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of
astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible
treasures of sonic beauty. I'd definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if
you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe
yourself at least a half dozen!" Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online
Writers' Choice Award - Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December
Recorded in 1957.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Only the 1st 1,000 Copies are Numbered!
• Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
• Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
• 200 Gram, 45rpm 2LP
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Ben Webster, tenor saxophone
Ray Brown, bass
Herb Ellis, guitar
Stan Levey, drums
Oscar Peterson, piano
2. Late Date
3. Time on my Hands
4. Lover Come Back to Me
5. Where Are You
6. Makin' Whoopee
7. Ill Wind