The Ben Webster Quintet Soulville Hybrid Mono SACD
Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
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
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 show.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Mono SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!
• Cut from the Absolute Original Analog Master Tapes!
• Original Verve Label Recording
2. Late Date
3. Time on my Hands
4. Lover Come Back to Me
5. Where Are You
6. Makin' Whoopee
7. Ill Wind