Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Ben Webster (Jazz Perspectives)

Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Ben Webster (Jazz Perspectives)


For a part century, Ben Webster, one of many "big 3" of swing tenors-along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young-was one of many best-known and most well-liked saxophonists.

Early in his occupation, Webster labored with a number of the maximum orchestras of the time, together with these led by means of Willie Bryant, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Andy Kirk, Bennie Moten, and Teddy Wilson. In 1940 Webster turned Duke Ellington's first significant tenor soloist, and through the subsequent 3 years he performed on many well-known recordings, together with "Cotton Tail."

Someone to monitor Over Me tells, for the 1st time, the whole tale of Ben Webster's wonderful and stricken occupation. For this complete examine of Webster, writer Frank Büchmann-Møller interviewed greater than fifty humans within the usa and Europe, and he contains quite a few translated excerpts from eu periodicals and newspapers, none formerly to be had in English. moreover, the writer reports each identified Webster recording and picture, together with many inner most recordings from Webster's domestic assortment now not to be had to the public.

Exhaustively researched, this can be a a lot wanted and lengthy past due research of the existence and song of 1 of jazz's most vital artists.

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