Ben Webster

Music for Loving

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Combining two string albums by Ben Webster and one from Ellington sideman Harry Carney, the two-disc Music With Feeling delivers over two hours' worth of incredible ballad interpretations. Webster, of course, made his name with many an after-hours gem, and he predictably shines here amidst the lush yet tasteful orchestral charts penned by Ralph Burns, Gerald Wilson, and Billy Strayhorn; there are particularly fine renditions here of "Early Autumn" and Strayhorn's misty and mercurial "Chelsea Bridge." Carney, too, is stunning, handling the traditionally cumbersome baritone saxophone with grace and loads of feeling, especially on highlights like "It Had to Be You" and his and Strayhorn's "Chalmeau." Forget all those bachelor-pad compilations and give this collection a spin at your next cocktail party.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:56 SpotifyAmazon
2 04:38 SpotifyAmazon
3 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
4 04:03 SpotifyAmazon
5 04:10
6 04:32 SpotifyAmazon
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8 04:49 SpotifyAmazon
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10 03:57 SpotifyAmazon
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12 03:21 SpotifyAmazon
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14 04:43 SpotifyAmazon
15 04:46 SpotifyAmazon
16 04:22 SpotifyAmazon
17 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
18 03:16 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:46 SpotifyAmazon
2 03:37 SpotifyAmazon
3 04:32 SpotifyAmazon
4 03:17 SpotifyAmazon
5 04:40 SpotifyAmazon
6 03:31 SpotifyAmazon
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12 03:59 SpotifyAmazon
13 05:48 SpotifyAmazon
14 04:48 SpotifyAmazon
15 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
16 03:38 SpotifyAmazon
17 03:41 SpotifyAmazon
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20 04:22 SpotifyAmazon
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