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 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 4:46 Spotify
2 3:37 Spotify
3 4:32 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:17 SpotifyAmazon
5 4:40 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:31 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:20 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:23 Spotify
9 3:07 Spotify
10 3:04 Spotify
11 3:19 Spotify
12 3:59 SpotifyAmazon
13 5:48 Spotify
14 4:48 Spotify
15 3:41 Spotify
16 3:38 Spotify
17 3:41 Spotify
18 4:17 Spotify
19
4:08 Spotify
20 4:22 Spotify
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