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Ben Webster's First Concert in Denmark



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The music on this album could be called ’a prelude to a love affair’. Why, because it was the great tenor saxophonist Ben Webster’s first encounter with the country and city he decided to spend the rest of his life in, living, playing and loving. It was also his first day on the continent after a successful time in London, mostly at Ronnie Scotts famous club. The day in January 1965 when he entered the Danish Radio Concert hall, a wonderful, wooden acoustic architecture from the thirties, began with a short band rehearsal and sound check for the live concert on the Sunday afternoon on the FM radio wave. One hour. His backing would be his new friends, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen, Alex Riel, the bass player would from then on be called only Niels by Webster, and the producer, Børge Roger Henrichsen, a well estimated pianist, bandleader and radio editor, wanted to ‘time’ the concert… thus is Webster playing one chorus of ‘In A Mellowtone’ in two tempi at the Steinway for Roger to get his stopwatch in sync. Of course the concert stretched over time with applause from the full house and since it was live, we only get to hear the first chorus of ‘Cottontail’ at the end.
Facts
Item number SVL1018480
Barcode 717101848027
Release date 3/29/2019
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label STORYVILLE RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Non-Classical Artist Webster, Ben
Disc: 1
In a Mellotone00:08:00
1 In a Mellotone 00:02:20 Ørsted Pedersen, Niels-Henning Webster, Ben Drew, Kenny Riel, Alex
Pennies from Heaven00:08:14
2 Pennies from Heaven 00:04:23
Blues in B-Flat00:06:00
3 Blues in B-Flat 00:06:29
Jumbo00:05:00
4 Jumbo: My Romance 00:08:07
In a Mellotone00:08:00
5 In a Mellotone 00:05:21
The Wizard of Oz00:05:28
6 The Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow 00:06:34
Cotton Tail00:03:00
7 Cotton Tail 00:02:16
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