Ben Webster – Over The Rainbow

No one can play a ballard on the tenor sax like Ben Webster, so much from the heart, this is while he was in the UK in the 1960’s, also a young Stan Tracy on piano.

Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 — September 20, 1973), Webster, born in Kansas City, Missouri, was considered one of the three most important “swing tenors” along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Known affectionately as “The Brute”, he had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls), yet on ballads he played with warmth and sentiment. Stylistically he was indebted to alto star Johnny Hodges, who, he said, taught him to play his instrument.

Raw Video from a 2008 Interview Bret Primack did with Sonny Rollins where he discusses Ben Webster, Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins.