Ben Webster: Atmosphere For Lovers And Thieves

Ben Webster: Atmosphere For Lovers And Thieves

Ben Webster is still a whale of a tenor player, his approach for the ballads being as poignant and lyrical as ever. On such romantic tunes as "My Romance" and "What's New" that breathy tone and broad-beamed phrasing are well in evidence, whilst the underlying humour and swing are more to the fore in the more muscular "Easy To Love". "Autumn Leaves" is great Webster. The tempo is exactly right and Ben is in the groove from the start. The pianist is a long way away from Ben's beloved stride men, but he swings gently and forms nice background patterns for the tenor player's improvisations. The bass has been somewhat heavily recorded, but his drive is admirable nevertheless. "Stardust", a lovely tune but sometime a drag for jazz improvisation, shows that Ben is a real master of flowing, keenly phrased ballad construction. "Yesterdays" is played so close to the microphone that momentarily I suspected a gas leak. But Ben always has that aerated vibrato well under control, and never overdoes what has throughout the years become something of a mannerism in his playing. The best track, by far, is "Duke's Blue Light" (later "Transbluency"), where if ever a man sang the blues on his instrument, this is it. Ben's solo choruses are peerlessly constructed, and the final one is a real cry from the heart. Meyer's band give him such excellent support that one could wish more were heard from them. There is a splendid trombone chorus from "Darville", the pianist plays most sympathetically, and the ensembles sound full and warm. But mostly this is Ben in his most devastatingly romantic mood. The tunes are, by-and-large, well worth doing, and anyway Ben makes them sound that way. Nothing ever rags, the pulse is always strong and the accompaniments well suited to Webster’s lustrous, lusty blowing. Black Lion are to be congratulated on presentation - good sleeve notes, gay covers and good stereo reproduction.
  • VENDOR

    Fulfilled by Audio Note India. We offer a broad selection of curated records from all well know quality labels.
  • TERMS

    All orders are imported, hence take into account a lead time of 4 to 5 weeks,. So very short as you can enjoy your purchase for a lifetime. You can return records within 3 days after receipt when they are unused and still sealed. All records and CD’s are packed carefully and are shipped by DTDC premium Service.
  • PRODUCTION

    Recording: September 1965 at Metronome Studios, Copenhagen, by Birger Svan Production: Alan Bates
  • RELEASE DATE

    22/10/2007
  • ARTIST(S)

    "Horses" - Patti Smith (g,voc); Richard Sohl (p); Lenny Kaye (b, g, voc); Tom Verlaine, Allen Lanier (g); Ivan Kral (b, g, keyb, voc); Jay Dee Daugherty (dr)
  • CATALOGUE#

    Pure Pleasure BLPP 30105
Speed / Pressing
Manufacturer
Type
Condition
Original Label
Genre

© 2016 by Audio Note India

Colaba, Mumbai