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Ben Webster: A Centennial Celebration

One hundred years after his birth, Ben Webster remains one of the weightiest of all Jazz tenor sax players. One can still hear the signature elements of his influence: That breathy phrasing. That lilting devotion to melody. That unmistakable tone, so reverberant and roomy. So airy and large. From the late 50s into the 60s, Webster maintained a free agent status, recording for a number of labels until 1964 when he relocated in Copenhagen—another American jazzman preferring the relatively racist-free comfort of Denmark. There he lived out the remainder of his days playing when and where he chose. Culled from albums released by a number of labels during Websters last few years as a U.S. resident, Concord Records' "Ben Webster Centennial Celebration" reveals his musical resilience and enduring popularity with the leading jazz producers of the day. For more Ben Webster, please visit:
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