released March 23, 2020
This album is made up of selected live and radio broadcasts with the Danish Radio Big Band and Swedish, British and Danish/American small groups during 1964-71. As the title indicates only ballads are included on the album, and, for the first time on a Ben Webster ballad album, there is no string-section accompaniment. Three of the ten numbers are previously unreleased. The art of ballad-playing was all-important to Ben Webster. He once said “Remember, there are only three tempi in jazz – slow, medium and slow!” While all the tunes are ballads, the wide variety and constellations give a wonderful, multi-faceted sound-picture of Ben Webster.
Ben Webster (ts), Ole Koch Hansen, Kenny Drew, Stan Tracy, Lasse Sjøsten (p), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Hugo Rasmussen, Rick Laird, Sture Nordin (b), Makaya Ntsoko, William Schiøpffe, Al Heath, Jackie Dougan, Bjarne Rostvold (dr)
Various recording dates