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Big 10 by Ben Webster

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After yesterday's post, I decided to spend the day listening to Ben Webster. In his prime, Webster probably had the biggest sound of any tenor saxophonist. And on ballads, it sounded as if he was weeping through his instrument. Best of all, I love the puffs of air he let off in the spaces on ballads, like a huge truck or bus releasing its air brakes. Here's some of what I was digging yesterday:

Here's Webster in Denmark in 1971 playing Some Other Spring backed by rhythm and strings...



Here's Webster playing That's All in 1953...



Here's Webster with Art Tatum in 1956 on Gone With the Wind. Remember, you're listening to two of the greatest artists in jazz playing together here...



Here's Webster playing In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning in 1959...

 



Here's Webster soloing behind Carmen McRae on Flamingo in 1958...



Here's Webster behind Kay Star on My Kind of Love in 1961...



Here's Webster behind Carol Sloane on When Your Lover Has Gone in 1963 live at Kings and Queens in Pawtucket, R.I....



Here's Webster soloing behind Billie Holiday in 1956 on Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me...



Here's Webster behind Donna Hightower in TK on Perfidia...



And here's Webster behind Jo Stafford on For You in 1960...

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