Ben Webster – At The Renaissance

Ben Webster – At The Renaissance

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Tenor, saxophone - Ben Webster [click here to see more vinyl featuring Ben Webster]

Guitar - Jim Hall [click here to see more vinyl featuring Jim Hall]

Piano - Jimmy Rowles      

Bass - Red Mitchell      

Drums - Frank Butler

Written by Hoagy Carmichael (A1, B2), Stuart Gorrell (A1), Duke Ellington (A2), Irving Mills (A2), Juan Tizol (A2), W.C. Handy (B1), Mitchell Parish (B2)

1 LP, Gatefold jacket printed by Stoughton Printing

Original analog Master Tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180 g

Record Color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12’’



Record Press: Quality Record Pressings

Label : Craft Recordings - Contemporary Records Acoustic Sound Series

Original Label : Contemporary

Recorded at the Renaissance in Hollywood, CA on October 14, 1960

Engineered by Howard Holzer

Original session produced by Lester Koenig

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Reissue produced by Chad Kassem

Liners Notes by Ed Michel, Lester Koenig

Originally released in 1985

Reissued in September 2024

Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Georgia on My Mind
  2. Caravan

Side B :

  1. Ole Miss Blues
  2. Stardust

    Reviews :

    “This live set features tenor great Ben Webster playing with pianist Jimmy Rowles, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Frank Butler in a club, and the music is consistently wonderful. Whether showing warmth and sentimentality on "Georgia on My Mind" and "Stardust" or growling and roaring on "Caravan" and "Ole Miss Blues," Webster (who was then somewhat taken for granted) is in superior and creative form. Recommended.” AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

    “Benjamin Francis Webster was born 27 March 1909 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA and died on a tour in Holland 20 September 1973.  He lived in Copenhagen, Denmark for the last 8 years of his life and was buried here. His grave can be seen at the Assistens Kirkegaarden just outside the old City center of Copenhagen. The Ben Webster Foundation was established in 1976 in Copenhagen under the sign of Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark in honour of the great saxophonist. The Foundation is a 100 pct. non profit organisation and every dime from Websters royalties are transformed into live music or awards to the best younger – or mature musician - around.

    To this day Ben Webster has proved to ba a true giant at the summit of the jazz star firmament. His saxophone sound combined with his unique melodic mastery is still one of the most individual and artistic expressions in jazz. His recordings are sought after, not only by mature aficionados but also by a younger audience seeking the feeling and the special warm expression that Ben webster made available through his music. It is not far-fetched to say that Ben Webster has become both cult and myth - whether he would have liked it or not.” Henrik Wolsgaard-Iversen, the Ben Webster Foundation

    Ratings :

    Discogs : 4.46 / 5 ; Allmusic : 4 / 5

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