Ben Webster

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Venerable tenor sax man, featured member of many legendary orchestras before solo career.
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Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Album 1950 Plays Music with Feeling Norgran
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Album 1954 Sophisticated Lady Verve
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Album 1954 Consummate Artistry of Ben Webster
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Album 1955 The Big Tenor
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Album 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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Album 1958 At the Nuway Club (1958) Jazz Guild
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Album 1959 Meets Gerry Mulligan Verve
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Ben Webster and Associates
1959 Ben Webster and Associates Universal / Verve
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Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
1959 Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson Universal / Verve
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Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
1959 Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Verve / Polygram
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At the Renaissance
1960 At the Renaissance Contemporary / OJC
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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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Comp 1962 Roots (Jazzlore, Vol. 34) Atlantic
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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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Album 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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Album 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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Intimate!
1965 Intimate! Intermusic
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The Jeep Is Jumping
1965 The Jeep Is Jumping Black Lion
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Album 1966 Blue Light Polydor
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Meets Bill Coleman
1967 Meets Bill Coleman Black Lion
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Album 1967 Swingin' in London Black Lion
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Big Ben Time
1967 Big Ben Time Emarcy
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Album 1968 Meets Don Byas in the Black Forest
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Album 1969 Live in Amsterdam Charly Records
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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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Album 1969 At Work in Europe Prestige
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Album 1969 Blow Ben Blow Catfish
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Comp 1970 No Fool, No Fun Storyville
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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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Album 1972 Live at the Haarlemse Jazzclub Limetree Projects / Wim Wigt
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Album 1972 Makin' Whoopee Spotlite
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Album 1972 Did You Call Nessa
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Live in Paris, 1972
1972 Live in Paris, 1972 Charly Records
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Album 1972 Ben Meets Don Byas Verve
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Gentle Ben
1972 Gentle Ben Acoustic / Acoustic Sounds
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Album 1973 Cafe: Sociëteit de Twee Spieghels Bovema / EMI
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My Man
1973 My Man Steeplechase
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Album 1974 Atmosphere for Lovers and Theives Pure Pleasure Records
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Comp 1978 Tenor Giants Enja
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Comp 1979 Columbia Special Products XFL
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Album 197? The Kid and the Brute Verve
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Comp 1982 The Horn Progressive
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Comp 1983 Bean and Ben (1944-1945) Harlequin Records
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Comp 1986 The Complete Ben Webster on Emarcy (1951-1953) Emarcy
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Comp 1987 Saturday Night at the Montmartre JZM 2004
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Comp 1988 Giants of the Tenor Sax: Ben Webster/Don Byas Commodore Records
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Comp 1989 Plays Duke Ellington Storyville
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Comp 1992 Compact Jazz: Ben Webster - The Verve Years Verve
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Comp 1993 Days of Wine & Roses Jazzlife / Onyx Classics
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Comp 1993 Jazz 'Round Midnight: Ben Webster Verve / Polygram
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Town Hall '45: The Zodiac Suite
1993 Town Hall '45: The Zodiac Suite Vintage Jazz Classics
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Comp 1994 Autumn Leaves EPM
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Comp 1995 Verve Jazz Masters 43 Verve / PolyGram / Universal Classics & Jazz
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Comp 1995 The Soul of Ben Webster/Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You/Blues a Plenty Verve / Polygram
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Comp 1995 Perdido Moon
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Comp 1995 Birdland 1952 Jazz Anthology
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Video 1995 In Europe Rhapsody Films
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Comp 1995 Ben and Buck [Storyville] Storyville
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Comp 1995 Ben and Buck [Sackville] Sackville
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Comp 1995 The Best of Ben Webster 1931-1944 ASV / Living Era
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Comp 1995 Bounce Blues [Blue Moon] Blue Moon
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Comp 1995 Evolution Pearl
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Comp 1995 Music for Loving Verve / PolyGram / Universal Classics & Jazz
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Comp 1996 My Romance Jazz Hour
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Comp 1996 Great Sax: Jazz Round Midnight Polygram
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Comp 1996 Story 1937-1944 EPM
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Black Lion Presents
1996 Black Lion Presents Black Lion
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Comp 1997 Wanted to Do One Together Classic Collection
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Comp 1997 Jammin' With Ben Webster Viper's Nest
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Comp 1997 Cotton Tail RCA Victor / RCA
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Comp 1997 Tenor Titans Storyville
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Comp 1997 The Complete Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Sessions Verve
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Comp 1998 1931-1946 Best Of Jazz (France) / Best of Jazz
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Comp 1998 Ultimate Ben Webster Verve / PolyGram / Universal Distribution
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Comp 1998 Live at Jazzhaus, Vol. 1 Jazz Colours
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Comp 1998 Three Tenors Jazz Colours
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Comp 1998 Frog: 1956-1962 Giants Of Jazz Recordings
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Comp 1998 Baden 1972 TCB Records
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Comp 1998 Live at Jazzhaus, Vol. 2 Jazz Colours
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Video 1998 Top Tenors: London 1965/Copenhagen 1969 Vidjazz
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Comp 1999 1944-1946 Classics
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Comp 1999 Victory Stride/Swing Sessions EMI Music Distribution
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Comp 1999 Planet Jazz
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Comp 1999 In Copenhagen Jazz Colours
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Comp 1999 Ben and the Boys President
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Comp 1999 Gentle Ben With Tete Montoliu Trio Ensayo
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Comp 2000 Quiet Now: Until Tonight Verve / Polygram
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Comp 2000 The Frog Giants Of Jazz Recordings
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Comp 2000 Jazz Casual, Vol. 2 Rhino
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Comp 2000 Ben Webster's Finest Hour Universal Distribution / Verve
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Comp 2001 1953: An Exceptional Encounter Jazz Factory
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Comp 2001 Jazz After Hours Jazz After Hours
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Comp 2001 A Salute to Ben Webster: 1936-1945 Stardust Records
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Ben & Teddy
2001 Ben & Teddy Sackville
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Comp 2002 Ben's Blues Wesgram
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Comp 2002 Big Ben Proper Box
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Comp 2002 1946-1951 Classics
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Comp 2002 The Alternative Takes: 1944 Neatwork
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Comp 2002 Cadillac Slim Past Perfect
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Comp 2002 Bounce Blues [Past Perfect] Past Perfect
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Comp 2002 Super Session Documents / Past Perfect
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Comp 2002 Cotton Tail [Proper] Proper Sales & Dist.
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Comp 2002 Stardust Proper Sales & Dist.
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Comp 2002 52nd Street Days Proper Sales & Dist.
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Comp 2002 All Too Soon Proper Sales & Dist.
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Comp 2003 Portrait: Ben Webster
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Comp 2003 The Holland Sessions Blue Note
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Comp 2003 Tribute to a Great Jazzman Galaxy Music
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Video 2003 Four Tenors Idem
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Comp 2003 Confluence Fuel 2000
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Complete 1953 Leader Studio Sessions
2003 Complete 1953 Leader Studio Sessions Definitive
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Comp 2003 At the Trianon Ballroom, California 1941 Galaxy Music
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Comp 2003 At Montmartre 1965-1966 Storyville
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Comp 2004 Live in London Harkit Records
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Comp 2004 Complete 1943-1951 Small Group Recordings Disconforme
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Comp 2004 Definitive Columbia Best Recordings Definitive Classics
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Comp 2004 Live At Stampen Stockholm 1969-73 Storyville
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Comp 2004 Ben Webster with the Mike Renzi Trio Phantom Import Distribution / Lone Hill Jazz
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Comp 2005 Ben Webster for Lovers Verve
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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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Comp 2005 Complete Ralph Burns Sessions Lone Hill Jazz
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Comp 2005 Stompin' at Savoy Quadromania Klassik
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Comp 2005 Blue Skies Fruit Tree
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Comp 2005 Ben Webster [Membran] Membran
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Comp 2005 Warm and Mighty Ben Budmusic
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Comp 2005 The Two Sides of the Great Tenor: 1932-1951 Jazz Legends
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Comp 2006 The Recordings of a Jazz Legend Going For A Song
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Comp 2006 Tenderly Golden Stars / Back Up / Delta Distribution
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Wayfaring Webster
2006 Wayfaring Webster Daybreak / Challenge Records
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Comp 2006 Storyville Ben Webster Storyville
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Video 2006 In Hannover Germany 1972 Jazz Line Dist
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Comp 2006 Complete Quintet Studio Sessions Lone Hill Jazz
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Comp 2006 Complete Sextet Studio Sessions Lone Hill Jazz
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Comp 2006 Ben Webster [B.D. Jazz] BD Jazz
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Video 2007 Tenor Titans (Copenhagen 1969-London 1965) Impro-Jazz
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Comp 2007 Dig Ben! Storyville
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Video 2008 In Denmark 1965-1971 Emarcy / Universal
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Comp 2008 1953-1954 Classics
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Comp 2008 Soho Nights, Vol. 1 Resteamed
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Comp 2009 Encounters: The Complete Session Essential Jazz
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Comp 2009 Bounce Blues [Edel] Edel Records
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Comp 2009 Centennial Celebration Original Jazz Classics
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Comp 2009 J.A.T.P. Live at Carnegie Hall Lone Hill Jazz
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Comp 2009 Live in Hannover Gambit / Gambit Records
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Comp 2009 100 Years Storyville
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Video 2009 Tenor Sax Legend: Live and Intimate Shanachie
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Comp 2010 Ben Webster Meets Coleman Hawkins American Jazz Classics
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Comp 2011 Live in Esslingen, 1967 Jazz On Jazz
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Comp 2012 Giants of Jazz Tenor Saxophone: Ben Webster/Coleman Hawkins Broken Audio
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Comp 2012 That's What I'm Here For
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Comp 2012 Springbreak: Ballads Only
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Comp 2013 Smooth Songs Rare Jazz Music Ltd
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Comp 2013 A Jazz Thing Rare Jazz Music Ltd
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Comp 2013 Tenor Jazz Rare Jazz Music Ltd
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Comp 2013 The Meetings Jazz Elite S.P.
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Comp 2013 In Norway Storyville
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Comp 2014 During This Time Art of Groove
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Comp 2014 The Complete 1960 Jazz Cellar Session Ais / Solar
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Comp 2014 Funky Blues Blue Playa Records
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Comp 2014 Ballad Medley Jazz Elite S.P.
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Comp 2014 My Man: Live at Montmartre, 1973 Steeplechase
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Comp 2015 Complete Legendary Session
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Comp 2016 The Complete Recordings: 1959-1962 Enlightenment Series
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Comp 2016 Complete 1951-1954 Small Group Sessions Phono
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Comp 2016 King of the Tenors/The Soul of Ben Webster
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Comp 2016 Johnny Come Lately: Live in Groningen 1973
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Comp 2018 Valentine's Day 1964 Live Dot Time Records
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Comp 2018 Blue Saxophones
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Comp 2018 Soulville/The Soul of Ben Webster Factory Of Sounds
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Comp 2019 King of the Tenors/Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You Factory of Sounds
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Comp 2019 First Concert in Denmark Storyville Records
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Comp 2019 The Soul of Ben Webster [2019] Matchball Records
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Comp Alternate and Incomplete Takes Circle
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Comp Jazz Explosion, Vol. 2 Jazz Classics
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Comp Night and Day Cherished Records
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Comp Walkin With Benny Harry and Ben Gralin Music
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Video Jimmy Witherspoon And Ben Webster/Jimmy Rushing Disconforme
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Comp The Legend, Vol. 2 Broken Audio
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Comp Complete Legendary 1961 Session American Jazz Classics
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Comp Jazz Explosion, Vol. 5 Jazz Classics
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Comp The Best of Ben Webster and Friends Gralin Music
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Comp Blue Saxophones/Soulville/Soul of Ben Avid UK
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Comp Ben Webster with Strings
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Comp Ben Webster & Art Tatum Quartet Ais / Poll Winners Records
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Comp Ballads & Blues Onyx Classics
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Comp Jazz Explosion, Vol. 3 Jazz Classics
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Comp During This Time MIG
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Comp Jazz Explosion, Vol. 4 Jazz Classics
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Comp Friendship
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Comp Jazz Journeys Presents High Speed Swing: Ben Webster Reloaded
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Video Giants of the Tenor Sax: Ben Webster/Don Byas [Video] Kino On Video
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Comp The Legend, Vol. 1 Broken Audio
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Comp He Played It That Way IAJRC Records
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Comp My Favorite Memory
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Comp Imagination
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Comp Soho Nights, Vol. 2 Resteamed
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Comp Jazz Explosion, Vol. 1 Jazz Classics
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Comp Warm Moods/BBB & CO American Jazz Classics
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Comp 7 Classic Albums Real Gone Jazz
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