Ben Webster: Tenderly
Ben Webster (tenor sax)
Jazz 'Round Midnight: Ben Webster (Verve 517775)
Composed by Walter Gross & Jack Lawrence.
Recorded: Los Angeles, December 8, 1953
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
Hey, I'm only writing about jazz till there's an opening in Romance Novels. You may not realize it, but RNs generate $1.4 billion in sales annually. Plus, unlike jazz, they're recession-proof. I mention this because "Tenderly" strikes me as an RN in disguise. Ben Webster is an RN's dream, an archetypal hairy-chested brute with a soft spot for heaving bodices. His manly tenor ravishes with fluttery allusions to sighing breeze, trembling trees, mists, kisses and breathless caresses, interspersed with crashing waves, wet shores and lips taken willfully to keep those bodices heaving. (Excuse me, gotta run. Harlequin is calling!)
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz