Ben Webster & Harry Edison Sextet / Harry "Sweets" Edison / Ben Webster

Complete Sextet Studio Sessions

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Although they originally became famous for playing with different big bands (trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison with Count Basie and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster with Duke Ellington), the two very distinctive swing stylists recorded together frequently in the late 1950s including with Billie Holiday. The music on this two-CD set is drawn from four different record projects from 1956-1957. A pair of Edison-led records, Sweets and Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You?, are reissued in full. The two horns are joined on the former set by pianist Jimmy Rowles and guitarist Barney Kessel in the rhythm quartet while the latter has the Oscar Peterson Quartet. Not too surprisingly, the music is strongly influenced by Count Basie and the emphasis is on basic originals along with occasional standards. Also on this two-fer are the four numbers from Dave Garroway's Some of My Favorites LP that feature the two horns with Rowles and vibraphonist Red Norvo, and the six Woody Herman vocals from Songs for Hip Lovers that also have Edison and Webster. While it would also be desirable to acquire the Garroway and Herman sets in full, this is a generous two-fer that has Webster and Edison playing in prime form throughout. Fun and swinging music.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:38 Spotify
2 6:02 Spotify
3 3:48 Spotify
4 8:13 Spotify
5 4:49 Spotify
6 5:09 Spotify
7 3:24 Spotify
8 3:35 Spotify
9 7:15 Spotify
10
7:02 Spotify
11 7:22 Spotify
12 6:50 Spotify
13 8:42 Spotify

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:49 Spotify
2 7:37 Spotify
3 3:56 Spotify
4 7:02 Spotify
5 3:31 Spotify
6 9:31 Spotify
7 6:50 Spotify
8 5:53 Spotify
9 3:07 Spotify
10 3:37 Spotify
11 3:27 Spotify
12 3:26 Spotify
13 2:32 Spotify
14 3:22 Spotify
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