This release contains the complete original album "Ben Webster and Associates" (Verve MGV-8318), which marked the last of Norman Granz’s ventures showcasing tenor saxophone icons Ben Webster and Coleman Hawkins together. On this set, veteran Budd Johnson joins them on the same instrument, along with trumpeter Roy Eldridge, guitarist Les Spann, pianist Jimmy Jones, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Jo Jones. The material consists of two standards, “Time After Time” and Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone”, plus three original compositions by Ben Webster. Two extended star-studded jam session performances also showcasing Webster and Eldridge, again recorded by Norman Granz, have been added as a bonus.
BEN WEBSTER, tenor sax COLEMAN HAWKINS, tenor sax BUDD JOHNSON, tenor sax ROY ELDRIDGE, trumpet JIMMY JONES, piano LES SPANN, guitar RAY BROWN, bass JO JONES, drums
New York, April 9, 1959.
(*) BONUS TRACKS: Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips (ts), Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Eldridge (tp), Johnny Hodges (as), Lionel Hampton (vib), Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b), Buddy Rich (d). New York, September 2, 1953.
INCLUDES 12-PAGE BOOKLET
01. IN A MELLOW TONE 02. DE-DAR 03. YOUNG BEAN 04. TIME AFTER TIME 05. BUDD JOHNSON 06. BLUE LOU (*) 07. JAM BLUES (*)