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Hooray for hip

Ben Webster
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Gerry Koster presents this Jazztrack, with some key jazz birthdays, previously unissued Ben Webster, a never-before recorded work by Gil Evans.

Among our features this week are birthday tracks for two key jazz figures in the Commonwealth, Brian Brown and Stan Tracey, plus a selection from the recent recording Centennial from arranger and producer Ryan Truesdell, featuring newly discovered, never-before recorded works by Gil Evans.

Recent Bell Award Hall of Fame inductee Brian Brown celebrates his 79th today and we'll take a selection from his historic self-titled 1958 quintet album with Keith Hounslow, David Martin, Barry Buckley and Stewart Speer.

Stan Tracey, dubbed The Godfather of British Jazz, turns 86 tomorrow and we'll hear from his 1996 big band album Alice In Jazz Land plus a new release that documents one of tenor giant Ben Webster's first European concerts in 1964, from a recently re-discovered tape recorded at Ronnie Scott's in London with Stan leading the house rhythm section.

Also on the bill are the Anachronic Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet with Bob Wilber, Art Tatum and His Swingsters, Tal Farlow, Teddy Wilson, Sonny Clark, Phil Woods, Lester Bowie, John Scofield and the trio of Geri Allen, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette among others.

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Dec 29, 2012. 5:05pm - 7:00pm

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Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 - September 20, 1973) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. Webster, born in Kansas City, Missouri, is considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Known affectionately as The Brute, or Frog, he had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with growls), yet on ballads he played with warmth and...

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On Nov 26, 2013. 3:13am
Tucker said

Thanks for the review. Names such as "Brian Brown", "Brian Brown", "Stan Tracey" rings a bell full of excitement as I go down to memory lane... Every single one of these jazz tracks are simply brilliant. Beautifully selected collection. --Jon T.

Btw. IF I would have to pick a favorite.. it just might be "Two Bass Hit" by Gillespie...!

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