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    Webster Mulligan Who's got rhythm

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    Who's got Rhythm Webster Ben/Gerry Mulligan 1963

    In a 1963 Dinah Shore show two great jazz saxophonists are being featured. On tenor saxophone we see Ben Webster and on the bariton sax is the young 30 year old Gerry Mulligan. This is a little gem that very few people have seen ( lately) and it is a great pleasure to be able to post it on dailymotion. This come from a film collector in the Netherlands.
    Ben Webster 1909-1971), born in Kansas City , Missouri, was considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. He had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with his own distinctive growls), yet on ballads he would play with warmth and sentiment. Stylistically he was heavily indebted to Hawkins, particularly for his low, muscular tone and his vibrato. But Webster was also significantly different from his main influence in that his sound was sleeker, less aggressive, and much more spacious.
    Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan (1927 -- 1996) was a jazz musician, composer and arranger best known for his baritone saxophone playing. He made fame with a pianoless quartet together with Chet Baker on trumpet, as well as with bass and drums