Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ben Webster and Teddy Wilson

A treasure via YouTube: Ben Webster and Teddy Wilson, "somewhere in Europe," playing "Old Folks" (Willard Robison - Dedette Lee Hill).

The film footage looks better in the first clip. The second clip (apparently from Spanish Public Television) has a brief introduction explaining the circumstances of this performance: before taking the bandstand, Webster was told of the death of his friend and fellow Ellingtonian, alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges. That would place this performance in May 1970.

"Old Folks"
"Old Folks" (with introduction)

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