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Doug Webb: Fast Friends

Read "Fast Friends" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is nothing as soul cleansing as bebop. Period. When you couple the music with the sunshine of Los Angeles (OK, when the smog has cleared) there is a medicinal, tonic effect to be had. Enter L.A. session saxophonist Doug Webb, a contributor to film and television, and member of big bands led by Bill Holman, Doc Severinsen, and Don Menza. Fast Friends is his eighth release for Positone. His previous disc, Bright Side (2016) featured trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, guitarist ...

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Doug Webb: Bright Side

Read "Bright Side" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

From one perspective, Doug Webb's Bright Side is basically twelve tracks clothed in very recognizable forms --a few varieties of soul-jazz, a couple of heartfelt ballads, a taut bossa nova, and an array of middling and up tempo straight- ahead swingers. Although the material is thoroughly enjoyable, it's tempting to succumb to a nagging notion that its all been done countless times before, and then simply move on to a record by yet another brave soul planting his/her flag in ...

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Doug Webb: Sets The Standard

Read "Sets The Standard" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Doug Webb's newly released Sets The Standard is a textbook case of individual resourcefulness and group consonance in the context of songs often associated with the jazz tradition. For the most part, Webb, who plays tenor, stritch, and soprano sax on the record, puts his assertive, hard blowing persona on hold in favor of a somewhat laid- back, nuanced approach to the heads and to improvisation. It doesn't feel like a compromise or a concession to marketplace realities as much ...

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Doug Webb: Back East

Read "Back East" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Back East, tenor saxophonist Doug Webb's second 2015 release for the Posi-Tone Records label, is not unlike a thirteen course meal in which every course is sublime, yet the portions are rather small and each dish is cleared quickly, leaving one with an intense desire for more of a particular flavor. Needless to say, there is a practical reason for the programming of short tracks on the part of independent labels attempting to release significant jazz recordings and generate enough ...

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Doug Webb at The Turning Point Cafe

Read "Doug Webb at The Turning Point Cafe" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Doug Webb The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, NY September 28, 2015 The Monday Jazz Sessions, a fixture at The Turning Point Café since 2007, are a product of the dauntless efforts of series curator John Richmond. Among other responsibilities, Richmond books the musicians, publicizes the events, enthusiastically greets visitors, tends to the lighting, interacts with the staff, serves as master of ceremonies and, after a set by the featured artists, manages a jam session. One ...

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Doug Webb: Triple Play

Read "Triple Play" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Is there a better way to say “Jazz" than a wailing saxophone? Tenor sax guy Doug Webb has found a one: three wailing saxophones, a killer organ guy and a dynamic, full-of-surprises, rhythmic wizard of a drummer, on Triple Play. His fifth recording on Posi-Tone Records--a label that follows closely in the footsteps of the iconic Blue Note Records straight ahead sound of the 50s and 60s--Webb teams with fellow sax veterans Walt Weiskopf and Joel Frahm in ...

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Doug Webb: Triple Play

Read "Doug Webb: Triple Play" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

As tempting as it is to simply consign a blowing session label to Triple Play, a three tenor saxophone plus rhythm date led by Doug Webb, there's ample evidence that something more disciplined and structured is afoot. For one thing, eight of the disc's eleven tracks are under six minutes--in other words, there's not a lot of room for indulgence, excess, or one-upmanship of any kind. The material, including striking originals by the leader, Walt Weiskopf, and Joel Frahm, as ...

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Doug Webb: Swing Shift

Read "Swing Shift" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Doug Webb is one of a large number of accomplished saxophonists on the West Coast who have largely flown under the radar because... well, basically because they are on the West Coast. That's not to imply that Webb or his cohorts are penniless or not working steadily; that is not the case at all. Besides fronting his own groups, Webb--a graduate of the Berklee School of Music--works regularly in a number of ensembles large and small, and has appeared on ...

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Doug Webb: Swing Shift

Read "Doug Webb: Swing Shift" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Doug WebbSwing ShiftPosi-Tone Records2012 An essential part of jazz fandom is participating in the endless debate about the pros and cons of recordings versus live performances. Despite the obstacles in the pursuit of the holy grail of recorded perfection, such as budget limitations, artistic differences between producers and performers, and the stifling effect of herding musicians into separate cubicles, records give us the opportunity to savor the essence of a performance; after ...

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Doug Webb: Renovations

Read "Renovations" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

April 24, 2009 was a busy day for saxophonist Doug Webb, his fellow musicians and the production team at North Hollywood's Entourage Studios. Recordings from that day have already been released on the excellent Midnight (Posi-Tone 2010): now Renovations delivers more music from the session, and very welcome it is, too. As with the previous recording Renovations features the core trio of Webb, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Gerry Gibbs on a collection of jazz standards, joined ...

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Doug Webb: Renovations

Read "Renovations" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Doug Webb, a seasoned saxophonist who is equally comfortable recording soundtracks in studios or swinging on a bandstand, teamed up with heavy hitters like bass legend Stanley Clarke and pianist Larry Goldings on Midnight (Posi-Tone, 2010). That collection was an expertly crafted, all-standards affair, and the eight classic tunes that make up Renovations were culled from the same session. While it might be easy to assume that these are second-tier, inferior performances that didn't make the cut ...

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Doug Webb: Midnight

Read "Midnight" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If one is truly judged by the company they keep, then saxophonist Doug Webb is immediately well thought of, even before hearing his music. While Midnight marks his recorded debut as a leader, he's performed and/or recorded with a long list of jazz greats, including Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard and Billy Higgins, and appeared on over 150 jazz recordings. Though Webb isn't a household name, millions of people have heard his solos on the soundtracks for Clint Eastwood-directed films like ...


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