Ben Webster for Lovers {Verve}

Ben Webster for Lovers {Verve}

Mainstream, Ballads, Tenor Saxophone

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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

Issued in time for Valentine’s Day 2005, Ben Webster for Lovers collects 11 of the tenor giant’s best ballads from his Verve period. Readings of “My Funny Valentine,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Where Are You,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” and “Time On My Hands” are the standouts, but nothing here is superfluous.

The only track that should have been included that wasn’t is Webster’s read of “Chelsea Bridge” from Music for Loving, the single most moving ballad he ever recorded. This set works well for its intended purpose, but it functions just as well as a stellar set of ballads by one of the jazz genre’s finest practitioners of the form.

Tracklist:
01. When I Fall in Love (4:59)
02. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (3:13)
03. Someone to Watch over Me (4:31)
04. My Funny Valentine (3:26)
05. Where are You? (4:44)
06. Love is Here to Stay (3:24)
07. Time after Time (4:36)
08. Stardust (2:27)
09. Tell Me When (5:04)
10. Time on My Hands (4:18)
11. Over the Rainbow (4:42)

Personnel:
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone on all tracks, accompanied by;

Jimmy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones – piano
Jimmy Rowles, Teddy Wilson, Roger Kellaway – piano
Billy Strayhorn – piano, arranger, conductor

Mundell Lowe, Herb Ellis, Les Spann – guitar

Milt Hinton, Ray Brown, Richard Davis – bass
George Duvivier, Leroy Vinnegar – bass

Dave Bailey, Ed Thigpen, Osie Johnson, Jo Jones – drums
Stan Levey, Louie Bellson, Mel Lewis – drums

Tony Scott – clarinet
Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone

Mac Ceppos, David Novales, Mischa Russell – violin
Richard Dickler – viola
Rudolph Sims – cello

Original recordings produced by Russ Garcia, Norman Granz and Bob Thiele.

Compilation,
Selected and sequenced by Ken Druker
Supervised by Bryan Koniarz
Mastered by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering Studios, New York City
Art directed by Hollis King
Designed by Growing Studio, Bklyn
Illustrations by Amelie Hazard
Photographs by Burt Goldblatt and Katherine Holzman Goldblatt
Art production directed by Sherniece Smith
Project assistance by Carolyn Freeman
Liner notes by Al Young
Notes edited by Peter Keepnews

2005, Verve Music Group, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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