Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson brings together two of the greatest stylists American music has produced. Here, in a program of timeless songs, pianist Oscar Peterson is the perfect foil – his effortless swing an excellent set-up for the unhurried scoops, slurs, and bent notes of tenor saxophone balladeer Ben Webster – just the way he liked it.
Here is one of the classic pairings in jazz. There are no arrangements to speak of–an 8 bar intro is fancy stuff here–the better to let Ben Webster, he of the breathy, cavernous sound, blow a program of timeless songs. Pianist Oscar Peterson is the perfect foil. His effortless swing setting up the tenor saxophonist just the way he liked it. A master class in saxophone ballads.
“…these are all truly classic Verve titles that you simply don’t want to miss…most importantly, the sound of these reissues is nothing short of astounding. Particularly the early Billie and Ella mono records are incredible treasures of sonic beauty. I’d definitely ask Santa for the whole set, or, if you want to cherry pick, the most classic titles. Whatever you decide, you owe yourself at least a half dozen!”
Winner of a 2012 Positive Feedback Online Writers’ Choice Award -Danny Kaey, Positive Feedback Online, November/December 2011
“…this LP is from the stereo tapes. While I’ve always preferred the original in its mono version, that preference no longer stands. The stereo image is stunning, with good center fill, decent depth and no sense that instruments are stuck in the speaker locations – in other words all of the attributes of the best mono recordings with the advantages of stereo spread. You’ll use this record to show your doubting friends just how much better (vinyl) can sound than any digital format.” Recording = 10/10; Music = 10/10
-Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi +, Issue 87
ID: Analogue Productions – AP-6114, Universal Music Special Markets – B0015633-01
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