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Webster – Auld – Hawkins Sextet session

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Webster – Auld – Hawkins Sextet session

This session, from May 17, 1944 (sometimes falsely put on May 24), unites two disciples of the strong tenor school with their master and teacher, Coleman Hawkins. Ben Webster and Georgie Auld (at that time 35 and 25 years old) both came from the Hawk tradition of tenor playing, with full, fat, rich, robust tones, a lot of vibrato and growl. This is the first time each of these men played with Hawkins and this Apollo session produced an unorthodox front line – trumpet and three tenor saxophones. The accompaniment was provided by Billy Rowland (p), Hy White (g), Israel Crosby (b) and Specs Powell (d), which was at that time the rhythm section of Raymond Scott’s group. As John Chilton writes in his book The Song Of The Hawk: „The session started...

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Stardust – inspired by and dedicated to Ben Webster

»Posted by on aug 30, 2010 in Blog, English | 0 comments

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Jimmy Heath about storytelling and Ben Webster

»Posted by on aug 29, 2010 in Blog, English | 0 comments

Jimmy Heath talks about storytelling in jazz, and in ballads especially. What a great storyteller himself… „Storytelling is gathered information from life, the way you live and what’s going on with your life – you try to tell that story. So, say if for example, if I tell a student, say, ok now you’re playing Ram Ramirez’ song called Lover man. And I say, ok, the lyric says ‘I don’t know why, but I’m feelilng so sad’, so if you play that (sings just the notes), you’re not saying anyting! But if you say ‘I don’t know why, but I’m feeling sooo sad…’ (sings as if spoken), you’re putting in the emotional part of the lyric – you’re interpreting the...

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Ben Webster – Where Are You

»Posted by on jún 22, 2010 in Blog, English | 0 comments

Ben Webster recorded his version in 1957 with Peterson’s Quartet (with Herb Ellis, Ray Brown and Stan Levey), in a challenging key of E (F# for tenor). Despite this, he flows through the song with absolute mastery, emphasizing the original melody in both of his choruses, finally modulating half step up in the last A of the 2nd chorus,to finish the song in concert F, with a simple, but the more emotional cadenza.   In this simple song, Ben Webster manages to create a highly emotional atmosphere of lament – you can hear him crying, „Where Are You“…   This song can be found on Soulville (October 15, 1957), recorded on Verve label. It is one of the songs that you never get tired or listening to…   Lyrics: Where are...

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