Ben Webster With Don Byas – Live In Germany 1968 – Past Daily Downbeat

Ben Webster - after 1965, Europe was home.

Ben Webster – after 1965, Europe was home.

Ben Webster Quartet with Don Byas – Karlsruhe, Germany – 1968 – RBB Berlin

Heading into Mellow territory this weekend with a concert by Ben Webster, along with Don Byas, Tete Montoliu on piano, Peter Trunk on Bass and Albert Heath on Drums.

Webster migrated to Europe in 1965, staying there until his death in 1973. He was one of the most important Swing Tenors, along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He was a prominent figure in many orchestras from the 1930s on – putting in a tenure with Duke Ellington until 1943, when he left to pursue a solo career, until briefly reuniting the Ellington in 1948.

Webster’s collaborations read like a who’s who in Jazz and this collaboration, by way of a German radio broadcast, is with another Jazz giant; Don Byas.

This broadcast has made the collectors rounds several times over the years, but it’s a great pairing of two legendary figures in Jazz with some notable sidemen completing the picture.

Something to chill out with after a long, frazzled week – enjoy.

Don Byas - the air was thick with possibilities.

Don Byas – the air was thick with possibilities.

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Ben Webster Quartet with Don Byas – Karlsruhe, Germany – 1968 – RBB Berlin

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