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By Frank Buchmann-Moller

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 profession, Webster labored with a few of the maximum orchestras of the time, together with these led by way 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 following 3 years he performed on many well-known recordings, together with "Cotton Tail."

Someone to monitor Over Me tells, for the 1st time, the full tale of Ben Webster's really good and bothered occupation. For this entire learn of Webster, writer Frank Bü chmann-Mø ller interviewed greater than fifty humans within the usa and Europe, and he comprises quite a few translated excerpts from ecu periodicals and newspapers, none formerly on hand in English. moreover, the writer reviews each recognized Webster recording and picture, together with many deepest recordings from Webster's domestic assortment now not on hand to the public.

Exhaustively researched, this can be a a lot wanted and lengthy past due research of the lifestyles and track of 1 of jazz's most crucial artists.

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