Milestones of a Jazz Legend - Ben Webster (10CD)

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Ben Webster, Various Artists

Benjamin Francis Webster (1909-1973) was one of the most charismatic tenor saxophonists in the history of Jazz and an incomparable master of the ballad. His hometown Kansas City was also the birthplace of “Swing” in the 1930s, and important musicians such as Benny Moten, Count Basie and Lester Young started their careers here. Webster joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1940-43, which also featured legendary bassist Jimmy Blanton. This "Webster-Blanton Band" is considered to be a highlight in Ellington's career and an important step in Webster's. After this, “The Brute” worked mainly in smaller groups, sometimes recorded by producer Norman Granz who paired him with pianist Oscar Peterson, one of his most congenial partners, as evidenced in the milestones "Soulville" and "Meets Oscar Peterson". In addition to wonderful ballads programs with strings, Ben Webster recorded many successful albums alongside other Jazz stars like Coleman Hawkins, Art Tatum, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan and Gene Krupa. He also excelled as a companion and soloist with jazz singers, as the original albums with Billie Holiday and Jimmy Witherspoon documented here prove.

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Contains The Albums:

King of the Tenors

The Soul of Ben Webster


Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson

Music with Feeling

The Warm Moods

Coleman Hawkins encounters Ben Webster

Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster

Norman Granz Jam Session Vols. 7 & 8

Jimmy Witherspoon feat. Ben Webster - Roots

Jimmy Witherspoon, Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster - At The Renaissance

Ben Webster & 'Sweets' Edison

Ben Webster and Modern Jazz Quartet

Billie Holiday - Songs for Distingue Lovers

Billie Holiday - Body and Soul

Art Tatum - Ben WEbster - Quartet

Richard 'Groove' Holmes with Ben WEbster - Groove

Harry 'Sweets' Edison - Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You

Gene Krupa Sextet