Ben Webster - Plays Duke Ellington (1989)

Ben Webster - Plays Duke Ellington (1989)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 9 Tracks | 47:02 | 112 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Storyville

Although he was only a member of Duke Ellington's Orchestra for three years, tenor-saxophonist Ben Webster was linked with Duke Ellington throughout his career. This Storyville release features the great tenor playing nine songs associated with Ellington. The music is drawn from five separate sessions including trio gigs with pianists Kenny Drew and Teddy Wilson and three with The Danish Radio Band. The emphasis is on uptempo pieces such as "Perdido," "Rockin' in Rhythm" and "Stompy Jones;" a special highlight are the two very different versions of "Cottontail." (

This CD is a collection of classic melodies from the repertoire of Ben Webster’s famous employer of many years, Duke Ellington. The CD is compromised of three live radio sessions with the Danish Radio Big Band In 1969 & 1971, plus three live concert sessions with three different backing-trios (Finland in 1967, Denmark in 1969 and Sweden in 1972). Two of the tracks – with Clark Terry, Kenny Drew, Red Mitchell and Bobby Brooks – are previously unissued. Aside from one tune. All the performances with the Danish Radio Big Band are Based on Ellington’s original scores. The quartet sessions are also great, including two “reunions” – one with Ben’s boss from the early 30’s, Teddy Wilson, and the other with fellow Ellington alumnus Clark Terry. That Ben Webster was one of the undisputed jazz-greats on the tenorsaxophone- both in a big band and small group context – is amply demonstrated on this fine CD. (Storyville)


1. Cotton Tail (5:02)
2. Johnny Come Lately (4:51)
3. Perdido (8:44)
4. In a Mellow Tone (7:02)
5. Bojangles (4:15)
6. Rockin' in Rhythm (5:40)
7. Things Ain't What They Used to Be (3:11)
8. Stompy Jones (5:38)
9. Cotton Tail (3:20)


Ben Webster (ts), Clark Terry, Allan Botschinsky, Palle Mikkelborg (tp), Kenny Drew, Teddy Wilson, Ole Koch Hansen, Niels Jørgen Steen (p), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Red Mitchell, Hugo Rasmussen (b), Al Heath, Makaya Ntsoko, Bjarne Rostvold, William Schiøpffe, Bobby Brooks (dr)