Vinyl LP Reissue Of 1957 Session!
The grizzled and vaporous-toned Webster really hit his stride on the Verve
label. During a stretch from roughly 1953-1959, the Ellington alumnus showcased
his supreme playing with both combos and string sections, swingers and ballads
-- and lurking beneath his blustery and hulking sound were solo lines brimming
with sophistication and wit. This 1957 date with the Oscar Peterson Trio is one
of the highlights of that golden '50s run.
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
• Vinyl LP
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