Centennial Celebration

Centennial Celebration

by Art TatumArt Tatum


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The centennial of Ben Webster's birth occurred in 2009 and producer Nick Phillips mined the vaults of various Concord-owned labels, including Pablo, Riverside, Contemporary, and Prestige/Swingville, to create this compilation featuring the late tenor saxophonist. One of the three giants of his instrument during the 1930s and 1940s (along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young), Webster was still very much at the top of his game when these sessions were recorded. When he took part in the series of small-group dates with Art Tatum, he refused to be intimidated by the pianist's intricate flourishes, simply delivering majestic solos in "My One and Only Love," "All the Things You Are," and "Have You Met Miss Jones." He's very comfortable with old friends Benny Carter and Barney Bigard in an easygoing setting of Carter's "Lula." The two live tracks, "Caravan" and "Georgia on My Mind" taken from At the Renaissance, also find Webster in an inspired mood, supported by a rhythm section including pianist Jimmy Rowles and guitarist Jim Hall. But the most overlooked material is from his meeting with Austrian pianist Joe Zawinul, who was also Webster's roommate at the time, which is highlighted by the richly textured "Travelin' Light." Most Ben Webster fans likely already own all of the individual albums from which this was assembled, but for everyone else, this is an excellent introduction to the tenor saxophonist.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2009
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0888072312760
catalogNumber: 31276

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Art Tatum   Primary Artist,Piano
Frank Butler   Drums
Richard Davis   Bass
Jim Hall   Guitar
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Mel Lewis   Drums
Red Mitchell   Bass
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Joe Zawinul   Piano
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Red Callender   Bass
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass

Technical Credits

Ben Webster   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Ray Fowler   Engineer
Jesse Gorell   Composer
Howard Holzer   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Lester Koenig   Producer
Val Valentin   Engineer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ashley Kahn   Liner Notes
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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