The Ben Webster Quintet - Soulville - LP Vinyl

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SKU:
c0005129
UPC:
0889397557027

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Album:
Soulville
Artist:
The Ben Webster Quintet
Format:
12" Vinyl
UPC:
0889397557027

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2015 reissue on 180g vinyl, originally released in 1957. The by turns grizzled and vaporous-toned Webster really hit his stride on the Verve label. During a stretch from roughly 1953-1959, the Ellington alumnus showcased his supreme playing with both combos and string sections, swingers and ballads -- and lurking beneath his blustery and hulking sound were solo lines brimming with sophistication and wit. This 1957 date with the Oscar Peterson Trio is one of the highlights of that golden '50s run. After starting off with two bluesy originals -- the slow burning title track and gutsy "Late Date" -- Webster gets to the heart of things on five wistful ballads: Here, his exquisitely sly "Makin' Whoopee" is only outdone by an incredibly nuanced "Where Are You." Providing sympathetic counterpoint, Peterson forgoes his usual pyrotechnics for some leisurely compact solos; his cohorts -- guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Stan Levey -- are equally assured and splendid. And ending the set with flair, Webster takes over the piano for three somewhat middling yet still impressive stride and boogie-woogie-styled numbers (these are his only piano recordings). Newcomers shouldn't hesitate to start here.
A1 Soulville
A2 Late Date
A3 Time On My Hands
B1 Lover Come Back To Me
B2 Where Are You
B3 Makin' Whoopee
B4 Ill Wind

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