First Concert in Denmark

Format: CD
Release Date: 3/29/2019
Style(s): Swing
Availability: In Stock

The music on this album could be called 'a prelude to a love affair'. Why, because it was the great tenor saxophonist Ben Webster's first encounter with the country and city he decided to spend the rest of his life in, living, playing and loving. It was also his first day on the continent after a successful time in London, mostly at Ronnie Scotts famous club. The day in January 1965 when he entered the Danish Radio Concert hall, a wonderful, wooden acoustic architecture from the thirties, began with a short band rehearsal and sound check for the live concert on the Sunday afternoon on the FM radio wave. One hour. His backing would be his new friends, Kenny Drew, Niels Henning Orsted-Pedersen, Alex Riel, the bass player would from then on be called only Niels by Webster, and the producer, Borge Roger Henrichsen, a well estimated pianist, bandleader and radio editor, wanted to 'time' the concert...thus is Webster playing one chorus of 'In A Mellowtone' in two tempi at the Steinway for Roger to get his stopwatch in sync. Of course the concert stretched over time with applause from the full house and since it was live, we only get to hear the first chorus of 'Cottontail' at the end.

1. In a Mellotone
Length: 02:20
2. Pennies from Heaven
Length: 04:23
3. Blues in B-Flat
Length: 06:29
4. My Romance
Length: 08:07
5. In a Mellotone
Length: 05:21
6. Over the Rainbow
Length: 06:34
7. Cotton Tail
Length: 02:16
Album Details
Disc Count: 1
Total Length: 35:30
UPC: 717101848027