Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster

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Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
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Studio album by Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster
Released 1959
Recorded Nov 3 -Dec 2, 1959
Genre Cool jazz
Label Verve
Gerry Mulligan chronology
The New Gerry Mulligan Quartet (May 19, 1959)
(1959)
Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
(1959)
Night Watch
(1960)
Ben Webster chronology
Ben Webster and Associates
(1959)
Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
(1959)
Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
(1959)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[3]

Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, also simply called Meets Ben Webster, is a 1959 album featuring the November 3 - December 2 studio sessions of American jazz musicians Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster. In a 2003 review, All That Jazz described this album as the most notable example of Gerry Mulligan's work partnering other legendary figures of jazz.[4] The album, as a "classic album from two giants", is featured in NPR's "Basic Jazz Record Library".[5] Originally released on the Verve label, the album was reissued by Verve, Mobile Fidelity and Polygram many times before being re-released in an expanded edition called Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster (Complete) by Verve in 1997.

1959 track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, all songs composed by Gerry Mulligan.

  1. "Chelsea Bridge" (Billy Strayhorn) – 7:22
  2. "The Cat Walk" (Mulligan, Ben Webster) – 5:47
  3. "Sunday" (Chester Conn, Bennie Krueger, Nathan "Ned" Miller, Jule Styne) – 7:25
  4. "Who's Got Rhythm" – 7:42
  5. "Tell Me When" – 5:06
  6. "Go Home" – 10:04

CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "In a Mellow Tone" (Duke Ellington, Milt Gabler) – 6:57
  2. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Cole Porter) – 7:28
  3. "For Bessie" (Webster) – 5:41
  4. "Fajista" (Webster) – 5:50
  5. "Blues in B Flat" – 7:22

1997 "Complete" track listing"[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, all songs composed by Gerry Mulligan.

  1. "In a Mellow Tone" (Ellington, Gabler) – 7:20
  2. "In a Mellow Tone (alternate take)" (Ellington, Gabler) – 5:44
  3. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Porter) – 7:22
  4. "Chelsea Bridge (original LP master take)" (Strayhorn) – 7:39
  5. "Chelsea Bridge (alternate take)" (Strayhorn) – 5:03
  6. "Go Home (alternate take)" – 10:01
  7. "Go Home (original LP master take)" – 6:54
  8. "Who's Got Rhythm? (original LP master take)" – 7:26
  9. "For Bessie" (Webster) – 5:38
  10. "Go Home" (Mulligan, Webster) – 1:44
  11. "Go Home" (Mulligan, Webster) – 1:30
  12. "Fajista (alternate take)" (Webster) – 1:34
  13. "Fajista (alternate take)" (Webster) – 6:21
  14. "Fajista (alternate take)" (Webster) – 1:37
  15. "Fajista" (Webster) – 5:58
  16. "Tell Me When" – 5:02
  17. "Tell Me When (alternate take)" – 5:29
  18. "Blues in B Flat (alternate take)" – 2:46
  19. "Blues in B Flat" – 8:38
  20. "Blues in B Flat (alternate take)" – 7:23
  21. "The Catwalk (alternate take)" – 3:26
  22. "The Catwalk (alternate take)" – 5:45
  23. "The Catwalk (original LP master take)" – 2:13
  24. "The Catwalk (alternate take)" – 6:19
  25. "Sunday" (Conn, Krueger, Miller, Styne) – 5:32
  26. "Sunday" (Conn, Krueger, Miller, Styne) – 7:21

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 206. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Rickert, David. (October 9, 2003). New Verve LPRs: Klemmer, Getz, Giuffre, Hodges & Mulligan All That Jazz website. Accessed November 18, 2007.
  5. ^ Horwitz, Murray. (June 18, 2005). Gerry Mulligan: 'Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster' NPR. Accessed November 18, 2007.