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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Ben Webster, 27 Aug 2008
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M. J. Powell (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: King Of The Tenors (Audio CD)
Whilst I knew of Ben Webster, he had never really impinged on my conscousness until I heard this CD and now I'm a fan. Here he is playing with two groups one the ubiquitous Oscar Peterson Trio (in the days of Barney Kessel) and the other with Harry Edison, Benny Carter and the Oscar Peterson Trio (in the days of Herb Ellis) under the guidance of Morman Granz. I now realise that there is little else one could ask for to show case this exceptional tenor saxophonist.If you have got it you know what I'm talking about, if not get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I agree that he is the king of the tenors ......................., 2 Aug 2014
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What can you say about this? Ben Webster is always an amazing improviser with superb timing and phrasing. I am an alto player, but there is so much that is timeless in here to enjoy and help your own playing, even if your instrument ifs trumpet or guitar or even the human voice. I think Webster almost defines sensitive improvisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and be converted, 16 Jan 2014
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A really great listen. Breathy and indulgent. How a sax should sound. A unique version of the classic Danny Boy…is the the version you've been looking for? Special.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One-Off, 14 Feb 2013
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Ben Webster is a one-off, like so many great jazz musicians. Very simple, but very very effective, leaves lots of spaces as well as notes, just love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars tenor sax, 4 Sep 2014
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J. D. Codd (KENT United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Another excellent example of quality Jazz from Ben Webster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 31 July 2014
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Absolute mastery. Ben Webster at his best.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, by the master, 9 Feb 2010
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Mr. A. A. Gundry "Tony G" (Worcestershire UK) - See all my reviews
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I must admit that I don't believe that there is another tenor sax player who can play the sweet mellow sounds of a ballad better than Ben Webster. Some people might dispute that Ben should be called King of the tenors, but I would think that would be because they have another artist they favour more.
This CD, King of tenors, is a good mixture of tracks, played with his great ability to comfort his listeners with soft comforting sounds and excite them with his drive and verve. But most of all because his music comes straight from the heart, Ben does not set out to confuse the listener, but to make them feel safe and warm within the sound of the "King of Instruments"
A most admirable recording and a must for serious collectors, I would reccommend purchasing this CD as the star of your collection.

It should be said that Ben Webster is ranked among the top seven jazz tenor saxophonists of all time. Artists like John Coltrane, Lester young, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins and Stan Getz.
I guess that this is the height that all saxophonists aspire to. Some will get there some won't.
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