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Plays Ballads

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Stardust
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Cry Me A River
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For Heavens Sake
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Greenssleeves
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My Romance
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Willow Weep For Me
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Old Folks
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Danny Boy
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Chelsea Bridge
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For All We Know
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 62:07

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Britt Robson has written about jazz for Jazz Times, downbeat, the Washington Post and many other publications over the past 30 years. He currently writes regula...more »

03.18.09
Ben Webster, Plays Ballads
2002 | Label: Storyville / The Orchard

Every self-respecting jazz fan needs some Ben Webster balladry in his or her collection. While this superb, romantic mood-setter doesn't quite match the majesty of his mid-50s sessions for Verve, it is a pretty vital consolation prize. The massive-yet-dulcet tone of Webster's tenor sax was tailor-made for a soft, lingering caress, and these ten songs place that virtue in a variety of settings, from punchy big band ("Cry Me A River") to string orchestra ("Greensleeves")… read more »

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Ben Webster had a perfect tone for playing ballads, full of sentiment and emotion. 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. – Scott Yanow