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Big Ben Box set, Import

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Ben Webster's development into one of the undisputed masters of the tenor saxophone is depicted in this budget-price box set. From his early days with the bands of Blanche Calloway, Bennie Moten, Teddy Wilson & others, to the full blossoming of his talents with Duke Ellington & small bands on 52nd Street. This is music full of energy, intensity & great passion. 94 tracks amply demonstrate what an ever developing talent this man had, the 48 page booklet tells the story of this giant among jazz musicians. Standard jewel cases housed in a slipcase. 2002.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Without That Gal
  2. Toby
  3. The Blue Room
  4. Happy As Teh Day Is Long
  5. Hotter Than Ell
  6. Dream Lulaby
  7. Everybody Shuffle
  8. The Ghost Of Dinah
  9. Rigamarole
  10. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
  11. A Sunbonnet Blue
  12. The Voice Of Old Man River
  13. Truckin
  14. In A Jam
  15. The Wedding Of Mr And Mrs Swing
  16. Easy To Love
  17. Ill See You In My Dreams
  18. Sing You Sinners
  19. Early Session Ho
  20. 71
  21. Solitude
  22. Congo Brava
  23. Cotton Tail
  24. Bojangles (A Portrait Of Bill Robinson)
  25. All Too Soon
  26. Sepia Panorama
  27. Chloe (Song Of The Swamp)
  28. Linger Awhile
  29. Stardust
  30. Lament For Javanette
  31. St James Infirmary
  32. The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise
  33. Big Eight Blues
  34. Shine
  35. Blue Serge
  36. Just-A-Settin And A-Rockin
  37. Five Oclock Drag
  38. Chelsea Bridge
  39. Perdido
  40. The C Jam Blues
  41. Palm Springs Jump
  42. Ra-da-da-da
  43. Groove Juice Special
  44. Main Stem
  45. Woke Up Clipped
  46. Teezol
  47. Nuff Said
  48. The Horn
  49. Dirty Deal
  50. Dont Blame Me
  51. I Surrender Dear
  52. Tea For Two
  53. Noah
  54. Cryin Sands
  55. Victory Stride
  56. After Youve Gone
  57. Joshua
  58. Talk To Me
  59. Body And Soul
  60. Sleep
  61. Linger Awhile
  62. Memories Of You
  63. Just A Riff
  64. Blues On The Delta
  65. Honeysuckle Rose
  66. I Surrender Dear
  67. Blue Skies
  68. Kats Fur
  69. My Old Flame
  70. The Sheik Of Araby
  71. Conversing In Blue
  72. Limehouse Blues
  73. John Hardys Wife
  74. The Jeep Is Jumpin
  75. I Got It Bad (And That Aint Good)
  76. Dark Corners
  77. Blues Mister Brim
  78. Frog And Mule
  79. Spang
  80. Doctor Keets
  81. Park And Tilford Blues
  82. Youre Only Happy When Im Blue
  83. New Style Baby
  84. Lets Love Awhile
  85. Nasty Attitude
  86. Slow Down Baby
  87. The Duke And The Brute
  88. Reach
  89. One Oclock Jump
  90. Stardust
  91. Randles Island
  92. Old Kolks
  93. Kings Riff
  94. Youre My Thrill

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Proper Box UK
  • ASIN: B0000630X9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Proper does put together some nice box sets. This one is no exception, filling many gaps in a long career. Maybe it's the time span covered, or just copyright issues, but, while good, it could have been better. I guess the Ellington work & Oscar Peterson pairings are good enough to buy on their own, but I think all 4 of the tracks from the James P. Johnson session could have been included; and, if blues is to be included, I miss the work with Jimmy Witherspoon & Gerry Mulligan. Then there's the European sessions from Ben's twilight years. I see no indication on the box about the time span covered; so it must be due to copyrights & maybe just the picks of the compilers. Still, a nice collection, even if listened to in 'random play/shuffle' mode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Grant on March 9, 2010
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This is a perfectly listenable box set of some of Ben Webster's best recordings in his prime. If, unlike myself, you're just moderately interested in Webster's music (perish the thought), then this box may suit you fine. Personally, I find Proper, while putting nice sets together, uses a little too much noise reduction resulting in a bit of a muddy sound, although I've heard much worse (like I said, this set is quite listenable). For those who may want to spend more dough, I would suggest Complete 1943-51 Small Group Recordings and Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band which cover the the better parts of this set, but in better sound. And, of course, there are quite a few must have albums later in the 50's and on into the 60's such as Soulville, his collaborations with Sweets Edison, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins and Gerry Mulligan, Bounce Blues, See You at the Fair, Stormy Weather, Gone With the Wind, The Soul of Ben Webster, etc. etc. etc. You can't own too much Ben Webster and this box is a fine example why.
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This is not meant to be an in depth review. What it is is a comment on the great value of this set. At today's price, you get 94 songs in quite acceptable sound (not Mosaic or ASV quality, but not Mosaic prices either) for peanuts (Amazon doesn't want exact prices mentioned in reviews which is why I used the phrase "for peanuts").

For myself this allowed me to fill in some holes in my BW collection at a very affordable price. There are a number of quite hard to find tracks on this set. But if you like Webster, Ellington, quality swing, quality trad jazz & even early blues & novelty I highly recommend this to both longtime fans & newcomers to Webster.

I bought this a couple months ago, & pulled it out today for a second listen, & the bottom line is I'm enjoying the heck out of it!
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