Label: MPS Records - MPS 15159,Dargil - MPS 15159 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Portugal • Genre: Jazz • Style: Bop, Swing
Download Perdido - Ben Webster Meets Don Byas - Ben Webster Meets Don Byas

This early-'70s meeting between two giants of the tenor Perdido - Ben Webster Meets Don Byas - Ben Webster Meets Don Byas both of whom by this time were God Aint Schizo - Jesus Blues Breakers - Jesus Blues Breakers in Europe on a permanent basis is full of memorable moments. The styles of Ben Webster and Don Byas provide a distinct contrast though Byas was also a swing-influenced saxophonist, he was heavily into bop as wellyet they mesh very well together.

On their opening improvised "Blues for Dottie Mae," Webster 's big-toned swing tends to dominate, though Byas ' boppish lines dart around at lightning speeds; Tete Montoliu 's bluesy piano provides the perfect support.

The roles are evened out a bit more on a swinging take of "Sunday. Webster 's turn in the solo spotlight is his own ballad "When Ash Meets Henry," in which he is accompanied only by Trunk 's well-chosen basslines. Also present on the date is drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. Sadly, this LP was a bit of a swan song for both tenor saxophonists; Byas died in the year prior to its release, while Webster died the following year, though he taped at least one more album following this one.

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