Ben Webster

Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster - Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (1959) [Reissue 2005] (Repost)

Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster - Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (1959) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 245 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 123 MB | Covers (12 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Verve Records (0602498840368)

Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster first met at a Kansas City jam session at which Hawkins finally encountered his match in local tenors Webster, Herschel Evans, and Lester Young. The all-night meeting has become the stuff of legend (and a continuous thread in Robert Altman's film Kansas City, though there it's reduced to two tenors). Recorded by Norman Granz, this 1957 meeting supports the two with fine accompaniment that includes Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Herb Ellis. The material includes the great "Blues for Yolanda," with a honking, squeaking solo that suggests Hawkins is the father of all R&B tenor saxophonists as well as those in jazz, while "Rosalita" has an engaging Latin beat…

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at Jan. 4, 2018
Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time - 40:24 minutes | 1,75 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 40:24 minutes | 692 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Ben Webster was not exactly under-recorded during his forty-year playing career but he is among that exclusive hierarchy of jazz artists to whose consistent excellence there can never be an over-abundance of recorded testimony. This album has the merit of offering a nicely balanced and thoughtfully chosen selection of tracks. Four of the tunes are associated with Duke Ellington in whose saxophone section Ben was featured for more than ten years. Our Blues is a choice example of Ben’s evocative after-hours style of blues playing. An additional bonus is the superior quality of the musicians behind Webster on all these tracks, recorded in Copenhagen between 1968 and 1970.

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017)  Music

Posted by shamanicus at Dec. 11, 2017
Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017)

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017)
WEB FLAC (tracks) | Artwork: d.booklet, front cover | 173 mb | MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 98 mb
Jazz | Label: 2xHD - Storyville Records

Ben Webster was not exactly under-recorded during his forty-year playing career but he is among that exclusive hierarchy of jazz artists to whose consistent excellence there can never be an over-abundance of recorded testimony. This album has the merit of offering a nicely balanced and thoughtfully chosen selection of tracks. Four of the tunes are associated with Duke Ellington in whose saxophone section Ben was featured for more than ten years.

Our Blues is a choice example of Ben’s evocative after-hours style of blues playing. An additional bonus is the superior quality of the musicians behind Webster on all these tracks, recorded in Copenhagen between 1968 and 1970.

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-192]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by shamanicus at Dec. 9, 2017
Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017) [Official Digital Download 24-192]

Ben Webster - Come Sunday (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Artwork: d.booklet, front cover | RAR | 1.29 Gb
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Label: 2xHD - Storyville Records

Ben Webster was not exactly under-recorded during his forty-year playing career but he is among that exclusive hierarchy of jazz artists to whose consistent excellence there can never be an over-abundance of recorded testimony. This album has the merit of offering a nicely balanced and thoughtfully chosen selection of tracks. Four of the tunes are associated with Duke Ellington in whose saxophone section Ben was featured for more than ten years.
Gerry Mulligan And Ben Webster - The Complete Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Sessions (1959) {2CD Verve Master Edition}

Gerry Mulligan And Ben Webster - The Complete Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Sessions (1959) {2CD Verve Master Edition}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 845 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 332 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 33 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1959, 1997 Verve / PolyGram | 314 539 055-2 | Verve Master Edition | 20-bit remaster
Jazz / Cool / Saxophone

Although an earlier CD added five previously unissued tracks to the original LP Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, this Verve Master Edition two-CD set adds just about everything else recorded during the two sessions that produced the original record, and also features 20-bit sound. Even though Gerry Mulligan was outspoken against issuing material omitted from his original recordings, it is a treat to hear how the songs evolved in the studio. Webster and Mulligan seem mutually inspired throughout the sessions, and strong performances by pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis are of considerable help.
The Ben Webster Quintet - Soulville (1957/2014) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/192kHz]

The Ben Webster Quintet - Soulville (1957/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 41:02 minutes | 1,32 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Soulville is one of the highlights of Ben Webster's golden era. From 1953 to 1959 Webster recorded 10 landmark albums showcasing his swing tenor saxophone, and this album from 1957 is considered a classic. Soulville has it all: there's cool groovy jazz, a bit of soul, a bit of blues, a sense of longing and a whole lot of romance on this ballad-heavy collection. The quintet in the credits consists of Webster, drummer Stan Levey and the Oscar Peterson Trio.

Ben Webster - King of Tenors (1954) Reissue 1993  Music

Posted by Designol at May 29, 2017
Ben Webster - King of Tenors (1954) Reissue 1993

Ben Webster - King of Tenors (1954) Reissue 1993
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 131 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Jazz, Swing | Label: Verve | # 519 806-2 | Time: 00:39:26

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.

Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 27, 2017
Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)

Ben Webster - Centennial Celebration (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 351 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz | Label: Concord Music Group | # OJC-31276 | Time: 00:59:56

The centennial of Ben Webster's birth occurred in 2009 and producer Nick Phillips mined the vaults of various Concord-owned labels, including Pablo, Riverside, Contemporary, and Prestige/Swingville, to create this compilation featuring the late tenor saxophonist. One of the three giants of his instrument during the 1930s and 1940s (along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young), Webster was still very much at the top of his game when these sessions were recorded. When he took part in the series of small-group dates with Art Tatum, he refused to be intimidated by the pianist's intricate flourishes, simply delivering majestic solos in "My One and Only Love," "All the Things You Are," and "Have You Met Miss Jones." He's very comfortable with old friends Benny Carter and Barney Bigard in an easygoing setting of Carter's "Lula." The two live tracks, "Caravan" and "Georgia on My Mind" taken from At the Renaissance, also find Webster in an inspired mood, supported by a rhythm section including pianist Jimmy Rowles and guitarist Jim Hall.

Ben Webster - Ballads (1955) Remastered 2011  Music

Posted by Designol at May 3, 2017
Ben Webster - Ballads (1955) Remastered 2011

Ben Webster - Ballads (1955) Remastered 2011
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 261 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 203 Mb | Scans included
Mainstream Jazz | Label: Phoenix Records | # 131510 | Time: 01:18:41

In the 1950s, tenor-saxophonist Ben Webster was at the peak of his powers. His musical personality really featured two separate emotions: harsh and tough on the faster pieces and surprisingly warm and tender on the ballads. Webster uses the latter voice throughout this two-LP set. On all but four of 20 selections, Ben is backed by a string section arranged by Ralph Burns (except for "Chelsea Bridge" which was arranged by Billy Strayhorn) and, although clarinetists Tony Scott and Jimmy Hamilton and pianists Teddy Wilson and Hank Jones are heard from, the focus is otherwise entirely on the great tenor. The final four numbers, which matches Webster with Wilson in a stringless quartet, also stick to ballads. Music that is both beautiful and creative.
Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio - Gentle Ben (1972) Remastered Reissue 2015

Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio - Gentle Ben (1972) Remastered Reissue 2015
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 328 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 135 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 178 Mb
Genre: Mainstream Jazz | Label: Discmedi | # DM5182-02 | Time: 00:56:22

This aptly named set was recorded on November 28, 1972, in Barcelona, Spain. Although many of Ben Webster's European sessions suffered when compared to his American ones, this outing is one of the exceptions, due in no small part to the fluid piano work of Tete Montoliu. Supported by a rhythm section of Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums, both Webster and Montoliu have plenty of room to breathe, and the result is a wonderful and pleasant set highlighted by the opening track, "Ben's Blues," and an easy, elegant version of "Sweet Georgia Brown." Webster's trademark breathy tenor sax tone is in full supply here, but the real revelation is Montoliu, who proves to be a marvelous jazz pianist, making Gentle Ben somewhat of an overlooked gem.