Ben Webster - Ballads (2017)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time - 42:31 minutes | 1,74 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 42:31 minutes | 722 MBStudio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
Swing tenor saxophone player Ben Webster earned the nickname “The Brute and the Beautiful” in jazz circles where his musical versatility was well-known. Webster's signature tough, raspy and gruff tone softened on ballads, which he played with warmth and sentiment. On this Storyville release he caresses seven timeless melodies in a variety of settings including trios with either Teddy Wilson, Ole Kock Hansen or Kenny Drew on piano, backing by The Danish Radio Big Band (on "Cry Me a River") or a version of "Greensleeves" with a string orchestra. Although largely forgotten in the United States (he had moved to Europe in 1965), Ben Webster was still in fine form this late in his career.