Saturday, 14 September 2013

World Wide Webster

Here is some music perfect for late night listening, Saturday.

I've an abiding affection for the music Ben Webster made during the European years of his life. As work ran out in the States during the sixties, Ben decamped to the European continent. There is a fascinating documentary filmed in 1971, Big Ben (it's anthologized in the DVD here)which shows something of Webster's life in Europe, living in the seventies in modest circumstances like a defector to the USSR.

This engagement was filmed in Hannover in 1972 and features Oscar Peterson at the piano.

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