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Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson (1959) [APO Remaster 2011] SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + FLAC 24bit/48kHz

Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson (1959) [Analogue Productions ‘2011]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 36:35 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,48 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,46 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/48 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 424 MB

Saxophonist Ben Webster is joined by legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Webster, known for his association with Duke Ellington’s Jazz Orchestra playing lead tenor, frequently played with Peterson in the 1950s and are joined here by some of the best jazz musicians of the time. Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson was originally released in 1959, and this studio album is a compilation of seven great jazz tracks, including “How Deep is the Ocean”, “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning”, and “Bye, Bye, Blackbird”.

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Ben Webster – Gentle Ben (1973/2012) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD64/2.8MHz + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Ben Webster – Gentle Ben (1973/2012)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 45:01 minutes | 2,33 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 45:01 minutes | 0,99 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Artwork: Digital booklet | Genre: Jazz
Source: AcousticSounds  | © Analogue Productions (Verve)

This recording was made 10 months before Ben Webster’s death in 1972. Webster, who had left the United States in 1965 to settle in Europe – first in Copenhagen and then in Amsterdam – was visiting fellow musician and friend Tete Montoliu in Barcelona. Webster and pianist Montoliu went back a ways, having played together regularly in Webster’s Copenhagen days. In fact, Montoliu cited Webster and Don Byas as his two chief musical influences. Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply, and their comfort with on another is palpable in this recording. Their accompaniment of one another is seamless. On board with these two is Montoliu’s regular working trio-mates, Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums.

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Ben Webster – My Romance (2003) [‘Ampzilla 2000’ Demonstration Reference Disc] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Ben Webster – My Romance (2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 61:06 minutes | Scans included | 1,93 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,17 GB
‘Ampzilla 2000’ Demonstration Reference Disc | Top Music Intl. # SACD-8020.2 | Made in Japan by Sony

This was quite a surprise, coming from the Asian label specializing in various audiophile CDs and SACDs of more middle-of-the-road material. The two sessions that produced these dozen tracks both were recorded in Copenhagen in 1965, and for most of the tracks – as you can see – Webster’s band was mostly local musicians. Ben Webster was one of many black American jazz men who moved to Europe in the 1960s or later. Denmark and Holland were his main bases of operation. Earlier he had been a mainstay of Norman Granz’ Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts, and had also played with Ellington for a few years.
Nobody else achieved quite the rich, warm, soulful and caressing tenor sax sound so distinctively laid down by Ben Webster. And I don’t believe I’ve ever heard it so cleanly and realistically as on this reissue disc. In the booklet remastering engineer Povee Chan lists some of the gear involved, and it’s obvious no effort was spared to transfer these old stereotapes with the very highest fidelity humanly possible. The European players are right up to American standards in playing proficiency. This is great stuff. The CD layer doesn’t sound seriously compromised either.

– Audiophile Audition Review by John Henry

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Ben Webster and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison – Ben and ‘Sweets’ (1962) [Reissue 2015] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Ben Webster and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison – Ben and ‘Sweets’ (1962) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:49 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,6 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Scans NOT included | 875 MB

The two jazz giants Ben Webster and Harry “Sweets” Edison had long wanted to record an album together, and in 1962, they did. Although associated with two different orchestras (Edison was with Basie and Webster was with Ellington), these two swing kings found that they had a lot in common. This album features both horn men on three medium tempo blues, “Better Go”, “Kitty”, and “Did You Call Her Today”. Other than this, Webster gets two tenor features, contributing absolutely luscious solos on both “How Long Has This Been Going On”, and “My Romance”. Newly remastered for Hybrid SACD.

“Wanted to Do One Together” (also released as Ben and “Sweets”) is an album by Ben Webster and Harry “Sweets” Edison that was recorded in 1962 and released by the Columbia label. Webster had previously recorded with Edison on his albums Sweets (Clef, 1956) and Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You (Verve, 1957).

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Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio – Gentle Ben (1972) [Analogue Productions 2011] SACD ISO + FLAC

Ben Webster & Tete Montoliu Trio – Gentle Ben (1972) [APO Remaster 2011]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:55 minutes | Front/Rear Covers+PDF | 2,26 GB
or FLAC 2.0 (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers + PDF | 1,061 GB
Genre: Jazz

This recording was made 10 months before Ben Webster’s death in 1972. Webster, who had left the United States in 1965 to settle in Europe – first in Copenhagen and then in Amsterdam – was visiting fellow musician and friend Tete Montoliu in Barcelona. Webster and pianist Montoliu went back a ways, having played together regularly in Webster’s Copenhagen days. In fact, Montoliu cited Webster and Don Byas as his two chief musical influences. Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply, and their comfort with on another is palpable in this recording. Their accompaniment of one another is seamless. On board with these two is Montoliu’s regular working trio-mates, Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums.

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Ben Webster – Ben Webster Plays Duke Ellington (2018) [Official Digital Download DSF DSD128/5.64MHz + FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Ben Webster – Ben Webster Plays Duke Ellington (2018)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 47:22 minutes | 3,73 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:22 minutes | 932 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Digital booklet | © 2xHD – Storyville Records

This album is a collection of classic melodies from the repertoire of Ben Webster’s famous employer of many years, Duke Ellington. The album is compromised of three live radio sessions with the Danish Radio Big Band In 1969 & 1971, plus three live concert sessions with three different backing-trios (Finland in 1967, Denmark in 1969 and Sweden in 1972). Two of the tracks – with Clark Terry, Kenny Drew, Red Mitchell and Bobby Brooks – are previously unissued. Aside from one tune. All the performances with the Danish Radio Big Band are Based on Ellington’s original scores. The quartet sessions are also great, including two “reunions” – one with Ben’s boss from the early 30’s, Teddy Wilson, and the other with fellow Ellington alumnus Clark Terry. That Ben Webster was one of the undisputed jazz-greats on the tenor saxophone- both in a big band and small group context – is amply demonstrated on this fine recordings.

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Ben Webster – Ballads (Remastered) (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ben Webster – Ballads (Remastered) (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 42:25 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD

Swing tenor saxophone player Ben Webster earned the nickname “The Brute and the Beautiful” in jazz circles where his musical versatility was well-known. Webster’s signature tough, raspy and gruff tone softened on ballads, which he played with warmth and sentiment. This release presents the romantic side of Webster, showcasing some of his most impressive sessions from the 1950s, accompanied by Billy Strayhorn, Teddy Wilson and Jimmy Hamilton.

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Ben Webster – 25 Essentials of Ben Webster (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Ben Webster – 25 Essentials of Ben Webster (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:12:37 minutes | 1,18 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © BnF Collection

Ben Webster was considered one of the “big three” of swing tenors along with Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young. He had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls) yet on ballads he would turn into a pussy cat and play with warmth and sentiment. After violin lessons as a child, Webster learned how to play rudimentary piano (his neighbor Pete Johnson taught him to play blues). But after Budd Johnson showed him some basics on the saxophone, Webster played sax in the Young Family Band (which at the time included Lester Young). He had stints with Jap Allen and Blanche Calloway (making his recording debut with the latter) before joining Bennie Moten’s Orchestra in time to be one of the stars on a classic session in 1932. Webster spent time with quite a few orchestras in the 1930s (including Andy Kirk, Fletcher Henderson in 1934, Benny Carter, Willie Bryant, Cab Calloway, and the short-lived Teddy Wilson big band).

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Ben Webster – Ben Webster Plays Duke Ellington (Remastered) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ben Webster – Ben Webster Plays Duke Ellington (Remastered) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz  | Time – 47:17 minutes | 1,69 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Storyville Records

For many people Ben Webster is indelibly linked with the name of Duke Ellington. Ben had a long and distinguished career, of which his work with Duke was only a small part, but the crucial exposure just as he reached musical maturity was given by Ellington, and that maturity was hastened by the challenge of playing with Ellington. Yet he also gave a lot to the band and to the continuing Ellington tradition.

In other words, he created the role of the tenor saxophone with Duke. Before he joined for his longest stay (in January 1940), there had been no expectation of significant tenor contributions – despite Ben’s previous brief encounters in 1935 and 1936. But, in far less time than the 3 ½ years he remained, Ben had made the tenor an Ellingtonian voice almost as strong as Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney on alto and baritone. His departure left a huge hole in Duke’s music, which was filled by a series of heavyweight soloists including Al Sears, Jimmy Forrest, Don Byas, Ben again, and the great Paul Gonsalves.

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Ben Webster – Come Sunday (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Ben Webster – Come Sunday (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:19 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Booklet, Front Cover | © 2xHD – Storyville Records

Legendary tenor saxophone player Ben Webster’s tender, emotive ballad playing coupled with his vivacious, growling uptempo swing numbers made him one of the most well-loved and versatile jazz musicians of his time. This release covers both sides of Webster’s personality with numbers like You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, Come Sunday, Stompy Jones and Cottontail.

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