Ben Webster And His Quartet

Wayfaring Webster (2LP) (RSD 2023)

Regular price $38.95
  • - Record Store Day Black Friday 2023 (UK & EUROPE) exclusive release
  • - Limited 180g Deluxe DOUBLE Vinyl Edition (1000 copies) with obi strip
  • - Rare unearthed Dutch recordings from 1970
  • - Featuring an all-star line-up

  • Tenor saxophonist Ben Webster (born Kansas City, 1909) needs little introduction, Webster is regarded as one of the three foremost swing era tenor saxophonists – the two others being Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. His ballad playing and sound inspired such later fellow saxophonists as Archie Shepp, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Webster became famous for his unique sound, quick tempos, his solos that contained great virile rhythmic momentum, a rasping timbre and an almost brutal aggressiveness filled with growl, while his ballad playing was breathy, tender and sensual.

  • On the album we are proudly presenting you today (Wayfaring Stranger recorded in 1970 by the NPS Radio network in The Netherlands) you will find mind-blowing high-quality Dutch sessions that were left dormant on a shelf and weren’t commercially released for over 30 years!

    On ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ the listener is treated to no less than nine sublime tracks that document Webster’s trademark relaxed-swinging but imaginative playing style that never gets boring. The album features an all-star line-up from the likes of Rob Langereis (Toots Thielemans), John Engels (Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie) and Cees Slinger (Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton).

  • A1 Sunday 6:27
    A2 Old Folks 7:56
    A3 For All We Know 6:31
    B1 Poutin’ 7:34
    B2 My Romance 7:40
    C1 Perdido 7:00
    C2 How Long Has This Been Going On 7:43
    D1 Chelsea Bridge 7:34
    D2 Ben’s Little Scheme 7:13