Ben Webster was considered one of the "big three" of swing tenors along with Coleman Hawkins (his main influence) and Lester Young. He had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls) yet on ballads he would turn into a pussy cat and play with warmth and sentiment. After violin lessons as a child, Webster learned how to play rudimentary piano (his neighbor Pete Johnson taught him to play blues). But after Budd Johnson showed him some basics on the saxophone, Webster played sax in the Young Family Band (which at the time included Lester Young). He had stints with Jap Allen and Blanche Calloway (making his recording debut with the latter) before joining Bennie Moten's Orchestra in time to be one of the stars on a classic session in 1932. Webster spent time with quite a few orchestras in the 1930s (including ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Plays Music with Feeling 1950 Plays Music with Feeling Norgran
 
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Sophisticated Lady 1954 Sophisticated Lady Verve
 
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Consummate Artistry of Ben Webster 1954 Consummate Artistry of Ben Webster
 
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The Big Tenor 1955 The Big Tenor
 
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Music with Feeling/Ben Webster with Strings 1955 Music with Feeling/Ben Webster with Strings Verve
 
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Ballads 1955 Ballads Essential Jazz / Essential Jazz Albums / Disconforme
 
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Art Tatum & Ben Webster Quartet 1956 Art Tatum & Ben Webster Quartet Palm Grove / Essential Jazz Classics / MSI Music Distribution
 
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King of the Tenors 1956 King of the Tenors Verve
 
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Bill Harris and Friends 1957 Bill Harris and Friends Fantasy / Original Jazz Classics
 
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Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster 1957 Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster Verve / Polygram
 
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Soulville 1957 Soulville PolyGram / Verve
 
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Not So Dukish 1958 Not So Dukish Verve
 
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At the Nuway Club (1958) 1958 At the Nuway Club (1958) Jazz Guild
 
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Meets Gerry Mulligan 1959 Meets Gerry Mulligan Verve
 
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Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster 1959 Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Verve / Polygram
 
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Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson 1959 Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson Universal / Verve
 
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Ben Webster and Associates 1959 Ben Webster and Associates Universal / Verve
 
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At the Renaissance 1960 At the Renaissance Original Jazz Classics
 
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The Soul of Ben Webster 1960 The Soul of Ben Webster The Verve Music Group
 
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Warm Moods 1961 Warm Moods Warner Archives / Warner Bros.
 
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Ben & Sweets 1962 Ben & Sweets Columbia
 
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Ben Webster and Sweets Edison 1962 Ben Webster and Sweets Edison Columbia / ORG
 
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Live: Providence, Rhode Island, 1963 1963 Live: Providence, Rhode Island, 1963 Storyville
 
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Live at Pio's 1963 Live at Pio's Enja
 
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Soulmates 1963 Soulmates OJC / Riverside
 
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Trav'lin Light 1963 Trav'lin Light Milestone
 
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See You at the Fair 1964 See You at the Fair Impulse! / GRP
 
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Stormy Weather 1965 Stormy Weather Intuition Music / 1201 Music
 
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Gone with the Wind 1965 Gone with the Wind 1201 Music
 
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There Is No Greater Love 1965 There Is No Greater Love 1201 Music / Black Lion
 
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Intimate! 1965 Intimate! Intermusic
 
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Duke's in Bed! 1965 Duke's in Bed! Black Lion
 
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In a Mellow Tone 1965 In a Mellow Tone Candid / Candid Productions
 
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The Jeep Is Jumping 1965 The Jeep Is Jumping Black Lion
 
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Blue Light 1966 Blue Light Polydor
 
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Meets Bill Coleman 1967 Meets Bill Coleman Black Lion
 
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Swingin' in London 1967 Swingin' in London Black Lion
 
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Big Ben Time 1967 Big Ben Time Emarcy
 
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Meets Don Byas in the Black Forest 1968 Meets Don Byas in the Black Forest
 
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Live in Amsterdam 1969 Live in Amsterdam Charly Records
 
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At Work in Europe 1969 At Work in Europe Prestige
 
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For the Guv'nor (Tribute to Duke Ellington) 1969 For the Guv'nor (Tribute to Duke Ellington) Le Jazz
 
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Blow Ben Blow 1969 Blow Ben Blow Catfish
 
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Masters of Jazz, Vol. 5 1970 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 5 Storyville
 
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Plays Ballads 1970 Plays Ballads Membran
 
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Live at the Haarlemse Jazzclub 1972 Live at the Haarlemse Jazzclub Limetree Projects / Wim Wigt
 
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Makin' Whoopee 1972 Makin' Whoopee Spotlite
 
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Did You Call 1972 Did You Call Nessa
 
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Ben Meets Don Byas 1972 Ben Meets Don Byas Verve
 
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Gentle Ben 1972 Gentle Ben Acoustic / Acoustic Sounds
 
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Live in Paris, 1972 1972 Live in Paris, 1972 Charly Records
 
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Cafe: Sociëteit de Twee Spieghels 1973 Cafe: Sociëteit de Twee Spieghels Bovema / EMI
 
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My Man: Live at Montmartre, 1973 1973 My Man: Live at Montmartre, 1973 Steeplechase
 
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Atmosphere for Lovers and Theives 1974 Atmosphere for Lovers and Theives Pure Pleasure Records
 
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The Kid and the Brute 197? The Kid and the Brute Verve
 
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Town Hall '45: The Zodiac Suite 1993 Town Hall '45: The Zodiac Suite Vintage Jazz Classics
 
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Black Lion Presents 1996 Black Lion Presents Black Lion
 
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Ben & Teddy 2001 Ben & Teddy Sackville
 
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Complete 1953 Leader Studio Sessions 2003 Complete 1953 Leader Studio Sessions Definitive
 
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Live at Ronnie Scott's 1964: The Punch 2005 Live at Ronnie Scott's 1964: The Punch Storyville
 
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Wayfaring Webster 2006 Wayfaring Webster Daybreak / Challenge Records
 
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