Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson is a 1959 studio album featuring a jazz trio, led by the Canadian jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, with the tenor saxophonist Ben Webster.
"The Touch of Your Lips" (Ray Noble) – 6:20
"When Your Lover Has Gone" (Einar Aaron Swan) – 3:59
"Bye Bye Blackbird" (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) – 6:45
"How Deep Is the Ocean?" (Irving Berlin) – 2:36
"In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Bob Hilliard, David Mann) – 3:13
"Sunday" (Chester Conn, Benny Krueger, Ned Miller, Jule Styne) – 3:57
"This Can't Be Love" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 9:51
Oscar Peterson - piano
Ben Webster - tenor saxophone
Ray Brown - double bass
Ed Thigpen - drums
They don't come much better than Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson. And this CD demonstrates why.
From Webster's opening on "The Touch of Your Lips" to the final notes of "This Can't Be Love", these two great artists combined to create one of the best albums in jazz history. Its impossible to listen to this and not find yourself getting carried away. The highlight of the album, though, is Webster's rendition of "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning". As the liner notes state, its not surprising that Webster captures this Sinatra classic perfectly given the fact that he'd probably listened to it hundreds of times before this recording was made. All the same, the lush, lyrical, tone he achieves is simply awesome, and it lead me to wonder what a duet between Ben and Frank might've sounded like.......
Not only do you need to buy this album right now, when you get it you need to play it as loud as possible with all the windows open. Everyone in the world deserves to hear this one.
By D. Mataconis (Bristow, Virginia) -
Ανάρτηση αφιερωμένη στο φίλο μου Δημήτρη Τσαγανό, που στις αρχές του '80 μου σύστησε αυτούς τους 2 γίγαντες της μουσικής!