Available for the first time on this DVD are 4 rare programs filmed in Europe between 1965 and 1971 featuring
Ben Webster in 3 concerts and one documentary. Three concerts from the archives of Danish TV show Ben in a variety of settings: with a trio, a big band, & playing lushly in front of a large string ensemble. BIG BEN is the classic 1971 documentary highlighted by rare intimate moments with Ben, one of the few times he talked openly about his career.
This DVD contains 20 performances. Extra features include a biography and a slide show of Ben's album covers.
Personnel: 1965 (13 min): Ben Webster - tenor sax; Kenny Drew - piano; Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen - bass; Alex Riel - drums
1968 (24 min): Ben Webster - tenor sax; Orchestra conducted by Niels Jorgen Steen
1969 (27 min): Ben Webster - tenor sax; Teddy Wilson - piano; Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen - bass; Makaya Ntshoko - drums; Inez Cavanaugh - vocal
1971 (48 min): Documentary featuring: Ben Webster - tenor sax & interviews; Charlie Shavers - trumpet; Finn Ziegler - violin; Niels Jorgen Steen - piano;
Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen - bass; Jorn Elniff - drums
120 minutes; color & b/w