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Ben Webster Audio CD
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Le saxophoniste Ben Webster a connu une carrière relativement riche, qui a bâti ses fondations sur de nombreuses collaborations, des orchestres de Bennie Moten ou Fletcher Henderson à Count Basie. La fin des années 50 est une période extrêmement féconde pour l'artiste, qui le voit jouer en compagnie de Coleman Hawkins ("Soulville") ou Oscar Peterson, pour un album essentiel enregistré en 1959. On retrouve sur Soulville le style inimitable de ce souffleur délicat et inspiré. Il savait trouver l'alternance idéale entre séquences musicales intenses et repos plus contemplatifs que démonstratifs. Il connaissait l'utilisation des "gimmicks" comme pas un (en particulier les conclusions de ses solos, par une note soufflée). Soulville correspond aussi à une période durant laquelle le saxophoniste a su s'émanciper de son importante participation au sein de l'orchestre de Duke Ellington pour poursuivre une carrière solo vraiment remarquable, surtout quand on sait à quel point une carrière chez Ellington pouvait "lessiver" la créativité des solistes... --Eric Frank

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulville Sept. 28 2002
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely beautiful music. Webster's tenor sax in his greatest decade. One of his best albums. What more can you ask for? Wonderful support from Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and company. Ten songs, four gorgeous ballads. The CD has three previously unreleased tracks not included on the original LP of Webster playing a fierce, nerve-jangling boogie-woogie style piano. They're of interest because it's Webster pounding the heck out of the keys but they don't really contribute to the otherwise sumptious beauty of the proceedings. The contents of the original LP is what you'd be buying this for, the first seven songs--Ben Webster at the summit of his art or one of the summits I should say for he attained this level of artistic achievement a number of times throughout the 50s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great blues/jazz Oct. 29 1999
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Ben Webster is one of the greats. His whispery style is immediately recognizable. If you like either blues or jazz, this album belongs in your collection. Also check out "Ben Webster meets Ocsar Peterson".
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5.0 out of 5 stars very soulful Nov. 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
This must be part of your collection, especially if you are interested in Ben Webster. It gets better each time I listen to it; Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis and Ben Webster are just great together. Don't hesitate, pick it up, you'll love it!
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