Monday, 7 September 2009

Ben Webster ”Atmosphere For Lovers And Thieves”

Ben Webster

Atmosphere For Lovers And Thieves
( LP Black Lion Records, 1965? 1971?)
Catalog # BLP 30105

A1 Blue Light (4:28)
Written By – Duke Ellington
A2 Stardust (3:46)
Written By – Carmichael
A3 What’s New (4:27)
Written By – Haggard Burke
A4 Autumn Leaves (5:17)
Written By – Kosma
B1 Easy To Love (4:19)
Written By – Cole Porter
B2 My Romance (4:48)
Written By – Rodgers
B3 Yesterdays (5:48)
Written By – Harbach , Kern
B4 Days Of Wine And Roses (4:23)
Written By – Mancini , Mercer

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Design] – Hamish & Gustav
Bass – Henrik Hartmann (tracks: A1,B4) , Hugo Rasmussen (tracks: B2),
Niels – Henning Orsted Pederson (tracks: A2,3,4,B1,3)
Drums – Alex Riel (tracks: A2,3,4,B1,3) , Hans Nymand (tracks: A1,B2,B4)
Engineer – Birger Svan
Other [Sleeve Notes] – Alun Morgan
Photography – David Redfern
Piano – Kenny Drew (tracks: A2,3,4,B1,3) , Niels Jorgen Steen (tracks: A1,B2,B4)
Producer – Alan Bates
Saxophone [Tenor] – Ben Webster (tracks: A,B) , Ole Kongsted (tracks: A1,B2,B4)
Trombone – John Darville (tracks: A1,B2,B4)
Trumpet – Arnved Meyer (tracks: A1,B2,B4)

This 1971 release was part of the final period of Ben Webster’s career. In 1964 Webster – one of the three all-time great swing tenor saxophone players, along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young – had moved to Copenhagen, Denmark. The pressure was off and Webster was able to record what he wanted, when he wanted. Relaxed and easy, Webster takes the windy path here, tipping his hat to Yesterdays and Stardust along the way. Don’t think his performance is insipid, though. There’s plenty of emotion in these grooves, Dukes Blue Light is a witness to that.
From Record Collector

Recorded at Metronome Studios, Copenhagen, september 1965
Release date unknown,
side A has “Stemra” printed on label,
side B “Stemra/Chappell”.
Take a look also HERE.

By Pier

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