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Cocktails For Two Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson 02:39
Cry Me a River Ben Webster 04:17
Stardust Ben Webster 06:25
Danny Boy Ben Webster 04:30
For Heavens Sake Ben Webster 07:52
When Your Lover Has Gone Ben Webster, Oscar Peterson 03:59
Old Folks Ben Webster 07:33
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Willow Weep for Me Ben Webster 05:21
Blues For Yolande Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster 06:44

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Sometimes affectionately known as 'The Brute' and 'Frog' due to his tough and raspy style of playing, Ben Webster is recognised as one of the most important tenor sax musicians of all time, along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Brought up in Kansas City, he originally learned to play piano and violin, before turning to sax after taking lessons from the great Johnny Hodges. He joined the Young Family Band, which then featured Lester Young and went on to play with Benny Moten's band alongside future stars like Count Basie and Walter Page. Others he played with along the way included Andy Kirk, the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra, Benny Carter and Cab Calloway.

In 1935 he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra, soon establishing himself as one of the top tenor saxophonists in the country, featuring on many famous recordings, including 'Cotton Tail' and 'All Too Soon'. He quit the band after a furious argument with Ellington (when he allegedly cut up one of the band leader's suits), setting up his own band and also playing with Jimmy Witherspoon and Jay McShann. In 1953 he made one of his most acclaimed LPs, 'King of the Tenors', with pianist Oscar Peterson, who became one of his regular collaborators. He also worked regularly with Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic and in 1956 forged another celebrated partnership with pianist Art Tatum. After making his peace with the band leader, Webster rejoined the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1971 and also recorded influential sets with Earl Hines, Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman and Teddy Wilson. In later years he spent more and more time in Europe, but collapsed and died following a show in Holland in 1973. He left behind many recordings to provide huge inspiration to new generations of jazz musicians.