Sunday, September 27, 2009

Ben WEBSTER - My Man, Live At The Montmartre 1973

Ben WEBSTER - My Man, Live At The Montmartre 1973
Label: Steeplechase
Audio CD: (May 3, 1994)
Recorded at Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, on January and April, 1973


Just months before his death, the great tenor Ben Webster shows that even with an occasional shortness of breath, he never really declined musically. The six selections (five standards and his "Set Call") are all familiar (one wonders how many times Webster recorded "Sunday") but he still sounds enthusiastic and emotional. Joined by pianist Ole Kock Hansen, bassist Bo Stief and drummer Alex Riel for these appearances at the Montmartre in Copenhagen, Webster's warm ballad renditions and hard-driving romps are as always quite enjoyable to hear.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Recorded live at Montmartre 1973. The indisputable tenor giant Ben Webster spent his last years in Copenhagen. His appearances at the famed Jazzhus Montmartre in those days greeted by faithful and appreciative audience were the historical moments filled with unique quality of beauty ignited by the last spark of a truly great man.
Ben Webster- Tenor Sax
Alex Riel- Drums
Ole Kock Hansen- Piano
Bo Stief- Bass
01. Sunday  7:55
02. Willow Weep for Me  8:56
03. Exactly Like You  8:44
04. Old Folks  10:06
05. I Got Rhythm  8:00
06. Set Call  8:06

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