Ben Webster
Gentle Ben (with Tete Montoliu Trio)

  1 x LP   180grs   33⅓rpm     Quality Record Pressing 

Originally released in 1972 - 2011 US Vinyl LP edition pressing on 180 gram HQ vinyl Gentle Ben was recorded just 10 months before Ben Websters death Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply and their comfort with on another is extremely pal...

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Release date 08-08-2011(Originally released in 1972)

2011 US Vinyl LP edition, pressing on 180 gram HQ vinyl - Gentle Ben was recorded just 10 months before Ben Websters death Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply and their comfort with on another is extremely palpable on this recording Their accompaniment of one another is seamlesssealed in Rice paper sleeve with Heavy cardboard jacket. At Quality Record Pressing.

Tracks:
A1     Ben's Blues
A2     The Man I LOve
A3     My Nephew Bent
A4     How Long Has This Been Going On

B1     Sweet Georgia Brown
B2     Don't Blame Me
B3     Did You Call
B4     Barcelona Shout

Credits:
    Bass – Eric Peter
    Drums – Peer Wyboris
    Piano – Tete Montoliu
    Saxophone [Tenor] – Ben Webster

That rich, humid, giant sax tone blooms like on few other Webster recordings.

"The soundstage is intimate and inviting, Webster's horn beautifully captured with sweet, rich overtornes, the bass liquid, chugging, and textured, piano and drums easy and natural. As with each title, the music emerges from QRP's beautifully flat and wonderfully silent surfaces with that much more "there-ness." Sonics = 4/5; Music = 3.5/5 — Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, January 2013

"...Webster's trademark sensual sound is on full display and, of course, he's backed by Montoliu, an outstanding Spanish piano veteran who accompanied all the great jazz artists passing through Europe...This is one of the first releases by Analogue Productions pressed at their new in-house pressing plant Quality Record Pressings, and the record bears a close resemblance in appearance to records from Pallas - beautiful looking and perfectly quiet...The superb 200-gram LP comes in a rice paper sleeve and jacket of heavy cardboard...Highest Recommendation." Recording = 10/10; Music = 8.5/10 — Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 81

This recording was made 10 months before Ben Webster's death in 1972. Webster, who had left the United States in 1965 to settle in Europe — first in Copenhagen and then in Amsterdam — was visiting fellow musician and friend Tete Montoliu in Barcelona. Webster and pianist Montoliu went back a ways, having played together regularly in Webster's Copenhagen days. In fact, Montoliu cited Webster and Don Byas as his two chief musical influences. Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply, and their comfort with on another is palpable in this recording. Their accompaniment of one another is seamless. On board with these two is Montoliu's regular working trio-mates, Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums.

There's no shortage of Webster's trademark breathy, fat tenor tone here. In fact, given the sparse arrangement, that rich, humid, giant sax blooms like on few other recordings. Highlights include "Ben's Blues," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "The Man I Love" and "Don't Blame Me."

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33
Opm(Ltd,Colored,PictureDisc): Quality Record Pressing
Label: Analogue Productions
Originally released: 1972
This release: 2011
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