Ben Webster Gentle Ben on Hybrid SACD
Gentle Ben was recorded just 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 way back, 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
extremely palpable on 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.
There's no shortage of Webster's
trademark breathy, fat tenor tone here. In fact, given the sparse
arrangement, his rich, humid, giant sax blooms like on very few other
recordings. Highlights include "Ben's Blues," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "The Man I Love" and "Don't Blame Me."
Ben Webster Gentle Ben Track Listing:
1. Ben's Blues
2. The Man I Love
3. My Nephew Bent
4. How Long This Has Been Going On
5. Sweet Georgia Brown
6. Don't Blame Me
7. Did You Call
8. Barcelona Shout