Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ben Webster Soulville 1957

Ellington's tenor sax player for eight years between 1935-1943, Webster had a smooth, swinging style that is just a joy to hear. I just heard this record for the first time recently, but I know it will have lasting appeal.

Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Stan Levey on drums, that is an all-star 50s jazz lineup.

Nicely recorded. Laid back, late night jazz, but with an elegant strength that only a group as talented as this can produce.

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