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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000004765
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1957 album, ft Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis & Stan Levey.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Braithwaite on 4 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This took me back to my formative years when becoming interested in Jazz. Together with the likes of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker here is another collection of very easy listening which describes the various moods of Ben Webster. Together with the best backing of Ray Brown-bass,Herb Ellis-guitar,
and Stan Levy -drums the quintet swings along demonstrating various moods of slow and exciting music. A thoroughly recommended CD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rateourmover on 26 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I know this album. I know the quality of the sound and I know the relative limitations of CD - but this transfer is simply unacceptable. I'm very surprised at Verve allowing this one out.
I could bang on in detail about the sound quality but instead I'll just quote my wife when she heard it (unprompted). "It sounds like it's coming out of a tin can !"
Don't buy it.
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11 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2000
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This is the perfect record to start to listen to the Jazz music. Deep ballads, good mancini like swingers, standars... All you need to know about the Jazz by one of the masters of the sax.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stant the great on 25 Aug. 2014
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Deserves 5 Stars..Ask The Students 22 Dec. 2005
By JG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Big Ben has played with so many greats and at the tender age of 50 kind of came into his own here...His blues and his sound is pretty unique and distinguishable and he is valued as one of the top of his genre..

This CD has a lot of soul and indeed fits a smokey bar because some of the cuts are so bluesy sounding very Kansas City ...the sound he captures with "kings" such as Coleman Hawkins and "Sweets" Edison on other sides all coming out around this 2o year period smacks of a genre in Jazz history whose heart and emotions are very hard to match.

Lovely package,booklet and added tracks.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Soulville 29 Sept. 2002
By nostrilbone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Absolutely beautiful music. Webster's tenor sax in his greatest decade. One of his best albums. What more can you ask for? Wonderful support from Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and company. Ten songs, four gorgeous ballads. The CD has three previously unreleased tracks not included on the original LP of Webster playing a fierce, nerve-jangling boogie-woogie style piano. They're of interest because it's Webster pounding the heck out of the keys but they don't really contribute to the otherwise sumptious beauty of the proceedings. The contents of the original LP is what you'd be buying this for, the first seven songs--Ben Webster at the summit of his art or one of the summits I should say for he attained this level of artistic achievement a number of times throughout the 50s.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Has To Be One Of The Best Webster Albums From The Fifties 9 Nov. 2006
By Robert J. Ament - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
..............especially since all of the tracks, save the piano ones and "Late Date" appear in other Verve compilations as well ("Jazz Masters 43", "Ben Webster For Lovers", "Great Sax 'Jazz 'Round Midnight'", "Jazz 'Round Midnight" and "Quiet Now:Until Tonight").

The cd opens with two blues.....the first one,worth the price of the cd alone, is so beautifully late night........and the second more gutsy and honky tonk and showing Oscar's fantastic talents as a soloist but even more so, his willingness to lay back.

The next five selections are ballads by one of the finest practitioners of the form and are pure ecstasy. Also note the contributions of Herb Ellis and Ray Brown throughout the first seven tracks."Makin Whoopee" is an old, old standard which serves as an excellent example of the humor which can be depicted in good jazz.

The last three tracks feature Ben on the piano, his first instrument at an early age showing stride, boogie, and the type of stride which probably accompanied the pre-sound movies. These are not as important to me .....but would be to a collector since they represent (to my knowledge) the only recordings of Ben Webster playing the piano.

If you don't have any of these recordings, this is a definite 'must'! The blues and the sensational ballads alone make it well worth while!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Thank you Mr. Webster. 29 Aug. 2001
By Elmo's Firetruck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This was the first Ben Webser LP I bought--at a used record store in Berkeley, CA in the early 1970's. I had no idea who Ben Webster was at the time--was just discovering jazz and I liked the album cover. Thirty years later there is not a week that goes by that I don't have Soulville on the turntable or in the CD player of my car. It might not be Ben Webster's best LP (King of the Tenors, maybe?) or his best playing (1939/40 with the Ellington band), but this record has more grit and tender, loving SOUL than any album I've ever owned. Sit back in your favorite chair, pour a snifter of your favorite libation, turn out all the lights, make sure nobody is home and prepare to get kicked right in the guts. One warning--don't play this LP if your wife or girlfriend has just walked out on you--it will bring you to tears. And Stan Levey, by the way, was Charlie Parker's regular drummer after Max Roach left and, along with Roy McCurdy is the best drummer I've heard live on a REGULAR basis. And the rest of the rythym section speaks for itself.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Smooth soulful sax that goes down easy 24 Mar. 2010
By J. M. Jacobs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Phrasing"... that's the difference here according to a sax-playing friend of mine who told me about Mr. Webster and his music. It's a technical term for how the player is working the reed in the mouthpiece and you would have to go a long ways to find someone more accomplished than Ben Webster in killing you with his sound - phrasing being a big part of it.

He was one of the big ballad players of the late 40's and 50's along with Coleman Hawkins, Gerry Mulligan and others. In the late 50's and early 60's, Bop and some other strains of Jazz got going and the ballad players were pretty much left in the dust by the hunger for a more contemporary sound. To me, this was a great loss to the Jazz loving community when these great players who did not adapt well to that style and were mostly shoved to the side. Welcome to the music biz, eh?

Some of Mr. Webster's sound here is that smooth tenor sax sound that so many people love, but on songs like Late Date, he trots out that dirty, smokey, strip joint kind of character and does it in a very catchy, swing beat style. Just marvelous.

Then, he goes right from that to Time On My Hands which is as nice a slow dance paced ballad as you'll hear. His sound here is almost totally different from the one just before it.... but it's just right.

At the time this album was recorded, these artists were playing quite a few LIVE gigs and they had to get and hold a crowd. If you weren't interesting and polished, you weren't asked back generally speaking. Your music had to work for the people who were listening to it, and that's one area where Ben Webster shines - his stuff works.

So if you're a fan of tenor sax music or of Jazz ballads, this one should go down about as smooth as 12-year old Scotch.
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