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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC, 1 Jun 2008
This review is from: Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson (Audio CD)
Yes, when I hear Webster blow his horn I'm smitten by the sheer beauty of his sound; the way he carresses his mouthpeace and blows his horn somehow produces warm and complex tone, capable of extremely wide range of emotion, impressive in all registers, but always beautiful (without even a hint of schmaltz or kitsch...).

In upper register he sometimes sounds sensitive like a violin, without pathetic quality (jazz) violinists can have in their upper register playing, in lower register my whole body reverberates with Ben's power. And for all this to take place it is not even necessary that he is caught at the peak of his form or in the right company!

Well, at this album he is right there at his peak and, in the company of
impressive range and dinamism of Oscar Peterson and his trusted gang (Ray Brown /b/ and Ed Thigpen /dm/), the things could hardly have gone wrong.

I'm particularly pleased with "When Your Lover has Gone", which is a great and logical material for such a group of great musicians, but it is interesting to compare Webster's treatment of children song "Bye Bye Blackbird", famous in jazz circles for Miles Davis' definitive treatment. Also; pay attention to the "In the Wee, Small Hours of the Morning"...

Although Ben is a star of this occasion and Oscar his trusted sidekick, other two musicians also get their licks and kicks, proving, yet again, how mainstream jazz can be a very powerfull mode of artistic expression.

Such a great CD!
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2011 16:34:14 BDT
Does anyone know of a recording by Ben Webster called 'The single petal of a rose'. Just heard Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra -clarinettist soloist told me Ben Webster had recorded it - can't find it. Really wanted piano arrangement. Anyone know anything about this - or was it never written down by Duke Ellington? Thanks. Post on Amazon UK please

Posted on 1 Aug 2011 16:35:10 BDT
Does anyone know of a recording by Ben Webster called 'The single petal of a rose'. Just heard Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra -clarinettist soloist told me Ben Webster had recorded it - can't find it. Really wanted piano arrangement. Anyone know anything about this - or was it never written down by Duke Ellington? Thanks. Post on Amazon UK please

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Feb 2013 20:59:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Feb 2013 23:02:06 GMT
R. K. Hunter says:
Hi Mrs Sheila Mitchell,
You can get this track is on the second disc of this 2 cd set called " Impulsively Ellington ". it is on UK Amazon for about 8 s/h.
Disc: 1
1. Cotton Tail - Benny Carter
2. Paris Blues - Milt Jackson
3. Caravan - Freddie Hubbard
4. Chocolate Shake - Freddie Hubbard
5. Satin Doll - McCoy Tyner
6. Action In Alexandria - Paul Gonsalves
7. Blue Piano - Shirley Scott
8. Duke's Place - Paul Gonsalves
9. Mood Indigo - Charles Mingus
10. Main Stem - Johnny Hodges
11. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart/Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Johnny Hodges
12. Rockin' In Rhythm - Clark Terry
13. Caravan - Gabor Szabo
Disc: 2
1. Cotton Tail - Earl Hines
2. Paris Blues - Manny Albam
3. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me - Clark Terry
4. In A Mellow Tone - Ben Webster
5. Ring Dem Bells - Lionel Hampton
6. Mr. Gentle And Mr. Cool - McCoy Tyner
7. Warm Fire - Yusef Lateef
8. Fantazm - Elvin Jones
9. Mood Indigo - Lawrence Brown
10. Prelude To A Kiss - Pee Wee Russell
11. Single Petal Of A Rose - Ben Webster
12. Cotton Tail - Louie Bellson
13. Black And Tan Fantasy - Earl Hines
14. Island Virgin - Oliver Nelson
15. In A Sentimental Mood - Archie Shepp

Just found it also as an addition to the only cd of all the recordings Ben Webster made for Impulse "See you at The Fair".
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