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Ben Webster - The Soul of Ben Webster

Ben Webster

Ben Webster - The Soul of Ben Webster

The Soul of Ben Webster (Matchball Records) was one of only two collaborations between Webster and trumpeter Art Farmer (the other one was an album led by guitarist Mundell Lowe - who also plays here - with selections from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess recorded the same month as the present LP). Although both Webster and Harold Ashby were long-time members of the Duke Ellington band, this is their only existing recording together. Two complete sessions featuring Webster with pianist Teddy Wilson, as well as a 1954 reading of Billy Strayhorn's wonderful ballad "Chelsea Bridge" (also included on The Soul of Ben Webster) have been added as a bonus. BEN WEBSTER, tenor sax ART FARMER, trumpet HAROLD ASHBY, tenor sax JIMMY JONES, piano MUNDELL LOWE, guitar MILT HINTON, bass DAVE BAILEY, drums New York, July 1958. *BONUS TRACKS (8-16): Ben Webster (ts) with Tony Scott (cl), Teddy Wilson, Billy Strayhorn (p), Ray Brown (b), Jo Jones, Louis Bellson (d), among others. New York, 1954-55. All original sessions produced by NORMAN GRANZ.


  1. Fajista
  2. Chelsea Bridge
  3. Charlotte's Piccolo
  4. Coal Train
  5. When I Fall In Love
  6. Ev's Mad
  7. Ash
  8. Some Other Spring
  9. When You're Lover Has Gone
  10. Stars Fell On Alabama
  11. Under A Blanket Of Blue
  12. My Funny Valentine
  13. You're Mone, You
  14. Sophisticated Lady
  15. Loves's Awat
  16. Chelsea Bridge (1954 Version)

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