Ben Webster: Danny Boy

March 18, 2015 at 1:04 am (Ireland, jazz, Jim D, music)

Apologies to all (and especially Irish comrades) for failing to mark St Pat’s Day.

To make up for this, here’s Ben Webster (and his performance is beautiful):

Ben Webster (tenor sax), Kenny Drew (piano), Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen (bass), Alex Riel (drums). Denmark, 1965.


  1. Robert said,

    Webster wanted his Londonderry Air to be beautiful —
    Humphrey Lyttelton played it on radio and I wrote in to say that under the title “London-Donnie” on Savoy Don Byas performed the same number with incredible passion. Phew! Humph broadcast the recording the following week.

  2. Jim Denham said,

    Thanks for reminding me of that, Robert. I’d completely forgotten about it and, having checked just now, it’s there in my record collection…

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