Ballads (Gatefold Edition)
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INCLUDES 2 BONUS TRACKS
The ballad albums included here mark almost the beginning of Webster’s new musical direction. They were originally issued on two LPs, titled Music with Feeling and Music for Loving, which compile the results of four different sessions. Three of these dates were big band/string efforts – one conducted by Billy Strayhorn (who also played the piano) and two by Ralph Burns.
The fourth session consisted of four quartet tunes. All of this music was later brought together on a 2-LP set as Ballads. Our edition compiles all of the sessions in their entirety, adding an interesting quartet version of “Almost Like Being in Love” recorded at the Billy Strayhorn date which completes the session (it wasn’t included on the original album Music for Loving, nor on Ballads).
BEN WEBSTER, tenor sax on all tracks, plus:
A1-A4 & D6:
Tony Scott (cl), Mac Ceppos, David Novales, Mischa Russell (vln), Richard Dickler (viola),
Rudy Sims (cello), Billy Strayhorn (p, arr, cond), George Duvivier (b), Louie Bellson (d). (Webster, Strayhorn, Duvivier & Bellson only on D6.)
New York, May 28, 1954.
A5 & B1-B3:
Jimmy Hamilton (cl), Danny Bank (cl, fl, b-cl),
Sol Deutsch, Leo Kruczek, Julius Schachter, Jack Zayde (vln), Burt Fisch (viola),
Bernard Greenhouse (cello), Teddy Wilson (p), Wendell Marshall (b),
Louie Bellson (d), Ralph Burns (cond, arr).
New York, December 15, 1954.
B4-B5, SIDE C & D1:
Danny Bank (fl, cl), Al Epstein (cl, Eng-hrn, b-cl),
Harold Coletta, Martin Donegan, Leo Kruczek, Harry Lookofsky, Gene Orloff, Tosha Samaroff, Paul Winter (vln) Burt Fisch (viola),
Abe Borodkin, George Ricci, Lucien Schmit (cello), Hank Jones (p),
Chet Amsterdam, Wendell Marshall (b), Osie Johnson (d), Ralph Burns (arr, cond).
New York, September 9, 1955.
Teddy Wilson (p), Ray Brown (b), Jo Jones (d).
New York, March 30, 1954.
01 CHELSEA BRIDGE
02 LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
03 IT HAPPENS TO BE ME
04 ALL TOO SOON
05 WILLOW WEEP FOR ME
01 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
02 PRELUDE TO A KISS
03 DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME
04 MY GREATEST MISTAKE
05 THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE
01 BLUE MOON
02 WHAT AM I HERE FOR
03 WE’LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN
04 EARLY AUTUMN
05 UNTIL TONIGHT
01 TEACH ME TONIGHT
02 MY FUNNY VALENTINE
03 YOU’RE MINE, YOU!
04 LOVE’S AWAY
05 SOPHISTICATED LADY
06 ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE (*)
(*) Bonus track