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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Verve Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2005 | Verve Reissues

Issued in time for Valentine's Day 2005, Ben Webster for Lovers collects 11 of the tenor giant's best ballads from his Verve period. Readings of "My Funny Valentine," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Where Are You," "Love Is Here to Stay," and "Time On My Hands" are the standouts, but nothing here is superfluous. The only track that should have been included that wasn't is Webster's read of "Chelsea Bridge" from Music for Loving, the single most moving ballad he ever recorded. This set works well for its intended purpose, but it functions just as well as a stellar set of ballads by one of the jazz genre's finest practitioners of the form. ~ Thom Jurek
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1954 | Verve

This 1953 date matched Webster with such peers as alto saxophonist Benny Carter, trumpeter Harry Edison, and pianist Oscar Peterson for a series of elegant yet soulful and exuberant small group dates. With no cut longer than four and a half minutes, the players didn't have time for excess statements or overkill; they had to quickly get to the heart of the matter in their solos, make their points, and return to the head. The original session has been enlarged by the addition of two previously unissued tracks, plus an alternate version of "That's All" that was later issued as a single. Label head Norman Granz excelled in producing swing-oriented, crisply played mainstream dates. Although this date is more than four decades old, Ben Webster's solos have a freshness and vitality that make them quite relevant to contemporary events. ~ Ron Wynn
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Verve

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1960 | Warner Bros.

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Jazz - Released January 31, 2014 | MPS

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Verve

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1989 | Contemporary

This live set features tenor great Ben Webster playing with pianist Jimmy Rowles, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Frank Butler in a club, and the music is consistently wonderful. Whether showing warmth and sentimentality on "Georgia on My Mind" and "Stardust" or growling and roaring on "Caravan" and "Ole Miss Blues," Webster (who was then somewhat taken for granted) is in superior and creative form. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1963 | Riverside

Jazz - Released May 1, 2013 | Ensayo

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2000 | Verve

This album features selections from five classic Webster releases: BEN WEBSTER AND ASSOCIATES, MUSIC FOR LOVING, KING OF THE TENORS, SOULVILLE, and COLEMAN HAWKINS ENCOUNTERS BEN WEBSTER. This music is part of Verve's "Quiet Now" series, which not surprisingly, highlights ballads and light swing. A romantic, even sultry compilation, UNTIL TONIGHT is the perfect jazz mood music for any occasion. However, these tunes need not be relegated to the background. Webster's sensitive and deeply emotional approach to the ballad is elegant beyond compare. UNTIL TONIGHT features such standard love songs as, "Tenderly," "Time After Time" and "It Never Entered My Mind." Selections from MUSIC FOR LOVING are replete with a string orchestra, and other tunes showcase pianists Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, or Billy Strayhorn (all legends in their own right). Finally, Webster's idol, Coleman Hawkins sits in on the Latin-inflected "La Rosita."
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2014 | Verve Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Verve

There was only one Ben Webster, but the tenor saxophonist known affectionately as "the Frog" had in himself two very divergent musical personalities, one that was brash and powerful and blew hard and forcefully and one that whispered and cried with delicate nuance and emotion, sounding for all the world like one half of an intimate conversation late at night under a muted sky. This set has examples of both approaches and features Webster working with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, and others. Highlights include the breezy "Meet the Frog," the funky "Soulville," and Webster at his weeping, sighing best on moving versions of Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust." ~ Steve Leggett

Jazz - Released April 23, 2012 | Gralin Music

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1957 | Verve Reissues

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Traditional Jazz & New Orleans - Released April 27, 2018 | Dot Time Legends

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Contemporary Jazz - Released June 30, 2008 | TenToTen Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | Impulse!

Ben Webster's final American recording was one of his greatest. At 55, the tenor saxophonist was still very much in his prime but considered out of style in the U.S. He would soon permanently move to Europe where he was better appreciated. This CD has the nine selections originally included on the LP of the same name, a quartet set with either Hank Jones or Roger Kellaway on piano, bassist Richard Davis, and drummer Osie Johnson. Webster's tone has rarely sounded more beautiful than on "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Our Love Is Here to Stay." In addition, one song from the same session (but originally released on a sampler) and two tunes featuring Webster on an Oliver Nelson date (More Blues and the Abstract Truth) wrap up this definitive CD. ~ Scott Yanow
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Jazz - Released January 18, 2019 | EG Jazz

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Jazz - Released June 21, 2000 | Verve Reissues

Ben Webster's tone on tenor saxophone became one of the most recognizable in jazz; he possessed a tough sound on upbeat tunes while playing soft and light on ballads. As part of Verve's Finest Hour series, Ben Webster is heard on a combination of standards and originals along with some of the biggest names in jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, and Gerry Mulligan. These 16 tracks include "Star Dust," "While We're Dancing," "Chelsea Bridge," and "Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me." This compilation doesn't present a complete overview of Ben Webster's career, but it is an excellent budget introduction. ~ Al Campbell