Ben Webster - Gentle Ben



AS AAPJ 040-45
EtiquetaAnalogue Productions
Embalagem2 LP – 45rpm
GramagemVinil 180 g

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.”

Lado 1
1Ben’s Blues
2The Man I Love
Lado 2
3My Nephew Bent
4How Long This Has Been Going On
Lado 3
1Sweet Georgia Brown
2Don’t Blame Me
Lado 4
3Did You Call
4Barcelona Shout