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Two jazz giants team up for a swingin' session as tenor sax legend Ben Webster meets piano great Oscar Peterson.

The Oscar Peterson trio (with Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums) is the perfect compliment to the warm tones of tenor sax player Ben Webster. Recorded on Verve 1959 this album became an instant classic, and is still considered one of Webster's best and most consistent recordings.

Although Webster takes the lead on most of the standards, Peterson and his trio are given ample room to stretch out display their talents. As for highlights of the disc, well, they're all keepers. "When Your Lover Has Gone," "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning," and "How Deep Is The Ocean?" are all Webster classics, wonderfully melodic slow ballads that ooze emotion. "The Touch Of Your Lips" and "Bye-bye, Blackbird" are both mid-tempo boppers that dance along, propelled by Peterson's twinkling runs. "Sunday" and "This Can't Be Love" close out the set on an up-beat note, giving Webster's Ellingtonian leanings a chance to shine.


Hear the whole recording this Saturday on the Listening Party, with host Roxane Gagne.