Ben Webster

Alternate and Incomplete Takes

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Circle 41 (and Jazz Archives 35) has the master takes of the eight selections recorded on Feb. 8, 1944, by a quintet comprised of tenor-saxophonist Ben Webster, trumpeter Hot Lips Page, pianist Clyde Hart, bassist Charlie Drayton and drummer Denzil Best. Circle 42, in contrast, contains all nine of the alternate takes plus six false starts and one incomplete performance. Obviously this set will be of greatest interest to collectors rather than general listeners although there are some strong moments on the swing session.