Ben Webster Plays Duke Ellington

Ben Webster

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For many people Ben Webster is indelibly linked with the name of Duke Ellington. Ben had a long and distinguished career, of which his work with Duke was only a small part, but the crucial exposure just as he reached musical maturity was given by Ellington, and that maturity was hastened by the challenge of playing with Ellington. Yet he also gave a lot to the band and to the continuing Ellington tradition.

In other words, he created the role of the tenor saxophone with Duke. Before he joined for his longest stay (in January 1940), there had been no expectation of significant tenor contributions – despite Ben’s previous brief encounters in 1935 and 1936. But, in far less time than the 3 ½ years he remained, Ben had made the tenor an Ellingtonian voice almost as strong as Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney on alto and baritone. His departure left a huge hole in Duke’s music, which was filled by a series of heavyweight soloists including Al Sears, Jimmy Forrest, Don Byas, Ben again, and the great Paul Gonsalves.

Tracklist

1.
Perdido
08:39
2.
Johnny Come Lately
04:47
3.
In a Mellow Tone
06:58
4.
Cottontail
04:56
5.
Rockin' Rhythm
05:39
6.
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
03:05
7.
Stompy Jones
05:34
8.
Cottontail
03:19
9.
Bojangles
04:20

Total time: 00:47:17

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Original Recording Format

Analog Recording Equipment

Nagra-T Tape Recorder modified with high-end tube playback electronics, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier

Digital Converters

Merging Technologies Horus

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Mastering Engineer

Rene Laflamme – Analog to DSD 256 Transfer

Producer

Erik Moseholm, Paul Clemensen

Recording location

Odd Fellow Palaeet, Copenhagen in 1969, Danish Radio on November 22 and 27, 1969

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog

SKU

2XHDST1122

Release Date September 9, 2018
SKU 2XHDST1122

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