Two Sides Of The Great Te

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Review Text Tenor saxophonist Ben Webster had a hushed, honeyed horn tone on ballads that could make anyone's heart leap, and his smooth, whispered (and even sometimes slightly slurred) sax lines sounded like nothing so less than one side of an extremely intimate conversation. He could sound down and dirty when he wanted to, though, and was no slouch on up-tempo numbers, where his sax exchanged some of its honey for a touch of raspy roughness. This set includes a little of both, gathering tracks recorded between 1932 and 1951 featuring Webster with the Duke Ellington, Willie Bryant, Bennie Moten, Benny Carter, and Fletcher Henderson orchestras, as well as a handful of quartet tracks with Johnny Guarnieri on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and David Booth on drums. Check out the sheer presence of Webster's horn work on "Old Folks" and the way his sax sweet talks its way through "You're My Thrill." He may not have been the most innovative tenor sax player, but he could talk the talk one hears late at night when nothing else matters and everything's at stake. Simply put, Ben Webster's playing can break your heart and heal it at the same time. ~ Steve Leggett

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  1. 1. New Orleans - 3:04
  2. 2. Happy as the Day Is Long - 3:50
  3. 3. Hotter Than 'Ell - 3:55
  4. 4. Dream Lullaby - 3:13
  5. 5. Everybody Shuffle - 3:08
  6. 6. Voice of Old Man River - 3:14
  7. 7. Bojangles - 3:59
  8. 8. All Too Soon - 4:33
  9. 9. Shine - 4:00
  10. 10. Just A-Settin' and A-Rockin' - 4:39
  11. 11. Chelsea Bridge - 3:58
  12. 12. Honeysuckle Rose - 3:17
  13. 13. I Surrender Dear - 3:07
  14. 14. Blue Skies - 3:21
  15. 15. Kat's Fur - 3:02
  16. 16. Frog and Mule - 3:11
  17. 17. Spang - 3:19
  18. 18. Randle's Island - 3:21
  19. 19. Old Folks - 3:00
  20. 20. You're My Thrill - 3:18
  21. 21. King's Riff - 3:19

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10/11/05 

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