Ben Webster

Ben Webster - 1953-1954 (2008)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 28, 2018
Ben Webster - 1953-1954 (2008)

Ben Webster - 1953-1954 (2008)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 262 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 179 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1458)

Almost 25 years into his recording career, tenor saxophonist Ben Webster made a series of studio recordings under the supervision of producer Norman Granz. These marvelous performances were reissued in chronological sequence by the Classics label in 2008. Each volume of Ben Webster on Classics is richly packed with satisfying ballads, blues, and swing. This installment borders between superb and divine. Three titles recorded for Mercury on January 22, 1953, find Webster soloing in front of an orchestra conducted by Johnny Richards, a student of Arnold Schoenberg who served as an arranger for Stan Kenton. Recorded at sessions that took place in April and December 1953, tracks four through 12 were originally released on the Norgran album King of the Tenors…

Ben Webster - 1946-1951 (2002)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 25, 2018
Ben Webster - 1946-1951 (2002)

Ben Webster - 1946-1951 (2002)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 153 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 138 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1253)

This volume in the Chronological Classics Ben Webster series is a fascinating slice during a wildly transitional period for the saxophonist. In the years between 1946-1951, Webster made numerous jumps as evidenced by these tracks, from the glorious jumping big swing of "The Jeep Is Jumpin'" while he was with Bill De Arango to the searing bebop of "Dark Corners" (with some blazing guitar work by De Arango) to the small-combo hard bop of "Randle's Island" to the bluesy, near soul-jazz balladry of "You're My Thrill." In Webster's company are some masters to be sure, including Maynard Ferguson, Al Haig, Big Sid Catlett, Bill Coleman, Benny Carter, Tony Scott, Buster Moten, and Gerald Wiggins, to name a few. This is varied set in terms of style, but these performances (and sound) are consistently fine.

Ben Webster - 1944-1946 (1998)  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 24, 2018
Ben Webster - 1944-1946 (1998)

Ben Webster - 1944-1946 (1998)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 163 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 161 MB | Covers (5 MB) included
Genre: Jazz, Swing | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Classics Records (CLASSICS1017)

Most Ben Webster albums on the market today seem to be reissues from his magnificent autumnal years, majestically lush or bearishly brusque. It's good to have a chronological sampling of Webster's work from the mid-'40s, in order to appreciate exactly how he developed into the Ben Webster of 1959 and 1969. After popping up on early big band swing records by Bennie Moten and Willie Bryant, Webster came into his own as the first really exceptional tenor saxophonist to be featured with Duke Ellington's Orchestra. What we have here is the post-Ellington Ben Webster. His tone has gotten bigger and wider, grittily sensuous and invariably warm like a pulse in the jugular…
Johnny Hodges - Johnny Hodges featuring Ben Webster (2018) [DSD128 + Hi-Res FLAC]

Johnny Hodges - Johnny Hodges featuring Ben Webster (2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time - 40:03 minutes | 1,82 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 40:03 minutes | 759 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The superb November 1960 session recorded by the Ben Webster-Johnny Hodges sextet in studio conditions at the Jazz Cellar, in San Francisco (without an audience). It is presented here in its complete form for the first time ever. These recordings are exceptional in that no other date exists in their collaborative discography featuring them as the only horns. The two great saxophonists were the only horn players heard at the session. They were backed by a rhythm section of piano, guitar, bass and drums. As bonus, to this new DSD release has added a complete (and very rare) octet session featuring Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra from August 27, 1964.
Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson (1959) [APO Remaster 2011] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson (1959) [Analogue Productions '2011]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:35 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,07 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 756 MB

Saxophonist Ben Webster is joined by legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Webster, known for his association with Duke Ellington's Jazz Orchestra playing lead tenor, frequently played with Peterson in the 1950s and are joined here by some of the best jazz musicians of the time. Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson was originally released in 1959, and this studio album is a compilation of seven great jazz tracks, including "How Deep is the Ocean," "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and "Bye, Bye, Blackbird".
Ben Webster - Gentle Ben (1972) [APO Remaster 2011] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Ben Webster & Trio Tete Montoliu - Gentle Ben (1972) [Analogue Productions '2011]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:55 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,56 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,11 GB

This recording was made 10 months before Ben Webster's death in 1972. Webster, who had left the United States in 1965 to settle in Europe - first in Copenhagen and then in Amsterdam - was visiting fellow musician and friend Tete Montoliu in Barcelona. Webster and pianist Montoliu went back a ways, having played together regularly in Webster's Copenhagen days. In fact, Montoliu cited Webster and Don Byas as his two chief musical influences. Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply, and their comfort with on another is palpable in this recording. Their accompaniment of one another is seamless. On board with these two is Montoliu's regular working trio-mates, Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums.
Ben Webster - Soulville (1957) [APO Remaster 2013] SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

The Ben Webster Quintet - Soulville (1957) [Analogue Productions '2013]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 40:43 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,5 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 764 MB

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.
Johnny Hodges & Ben Webster - Johnny Hodges featuring Ben Webster (2018)

Johnny Hodges & Ben Webster - Johnny Hodges featuring Ben Webster (2018)
Jazz | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 201 MB
Label: 2xHD - Storyville Records | Tracks: 09 | Time: 39:59 min

The superb November 1960 session recorded by the Ben Webster-Johnny Hodges sextet in studio conditions at the Jazz Cellar, in San Francisco (without an audience). It is presented here in its complete form, on HighResAudio, for the first time ever.
Coleman Hawkins/Ben Webster - Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (1959) {1997 Verve Master Edition}

Coleman Hawkins/Ben Webster - Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (1959) {1997 Verve Master Edition}
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 346 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 216 mb
Genre: jazz

American jazz saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster teamed up in 1957 to record an album they ended up calling Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster, released on Verve in 1959. This edition was remastered by Suha Gur and reissued in 1997 by Verve Music Group, featuring a previously unissued track and a mono version of one of its songs.

Ben Webster - Three Classic Albums Plus (2011) 2CD  Music

Posted by Designol at Jan. 26, 2018
Ben Webster - Three Classic Albums Plus (2011) 2CD

Ben Webster - Three Classic Albums Plus (2011) 2CD
'Blue Saxophones', 'Soulville', 'The Soul Of Ben Webster', selections from 'Sophisticated Lady'

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 847 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 258 Mb | Scans ~ 37 Mb | 02:36:41
Hard Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Cool, Swing | Label: Avid Jazz | # AMSC 1038

AVID Jazz here presents three classic Ben Webster albums plus including original LP liner notes on a finely re-mastered and low priced double CD. 'Blue Saxophones'… Take the Oscar Peterson Trio with Alvin Stoller on drums, add two of the greatest tenor saxophonists who ever lived, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster and voila… you have Blue Saxophones! Two masters together in 1957, one (Hawkins) a huge influence on the other (Webster), but now, both very much their own men. As the final paragraph of Charles Fox's liner notes attests 'This is tenor playing in the grandest of manners, unashamedly romantic, even sensuous, with both musicians constructing their solos firmly and audaciously'. 'Soulville'… Ben is once again joined by the Oscar Peterson Trio for another 1957 date. This time sitting in on drums is Stan Levey, in Bens own words 'he's improved since I heard him on the Street years ago.' Ben of course is a huge fan of Peterson…..'the guy can play a lot as a soloist but when it comes time for you to play a solo, he plays for you'. 'The Soul Of Ben Webster'… Here we find Ben joined by fellow tenor man Harold Ashby alongside among others Art Farmer on trumpet and Jimmy Jones on piano in a 1958 blowing date.