That rich, humid, giant sax tone blooms like on few other Webster recordings!
Ben Webster was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist who was considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young.
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.
There's no shortage of Webster's trademark breathy, fat tenor tone here. In fact, given the sparse arrangement, that rich, humid, giant sax blooms like on few other recordings. Highlights include "Ben's Blues," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "The Man I Love" and "Don't Blame Me."
"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." - Steve Leggett, allmusic.com
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SACD Stereo SACD Layer
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Ben Webster, tenor saxophone
Tete Montoliu, piano
Eric Peter, bass
Peer Wyboris, drums
1. Ben's Blues
2. The Man I Love
3. My Nephew Bent
4. How Long Has This Been Going On
5. Sweet Georgia Brown
6. Don't Blame Me
7. Did You Call
8. Barcelona Shout
Recorded November 28, 1972 at Casino De L'Alianca Del Poblenou (Barcelona, Spain)